- Fulbright Award (1998)
Dennis M. Rome served on faculty in the Department of Afro-American Studies and in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. He joined IU as an assistant professor of Afro-American studies in 1993 and was promoted to associate professor in 1999. In 2002, he moved to the Department of Sociology and was reappointed as an associate professor of criminal justice. He left IU in 2004 to accept an appointment as professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and was later named associate provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the university. In 2014, Rome took an appointment as professor and dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at Columbus State University of which he held until 2019. He left Columbus State in 2019 to accept the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern Illinois University, a title which he currently still holds. Previous to his time at IU, Rome held faculty positions at DePaul University, Wilmington College, and Wright State University.
Rome earned a B.S. in Sociology from Bradley University, a M.A. in Sociology from Howard University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University. While at IU, he received a Fulbright fellowship to teach at Kazan State University in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia during the 1998-1999 academic year. Rome is a published author of three books including his latest book Black Demons: Mass Media’s Depiction of the African American Male Criminal Stereotype (Praeger Press 2004) and numerous chapters and articles.