Carol Dykers

Associate Professor of Communication
Single Sisters 204



Dr. Carol Dykers came to Salem College in 1995. Born at Cherry Point, North Carolina, she grew up in California and Texas. Prior to teaching at Salem College, she taught at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and at Elon College. Besides teaching, Dr. Dykers worked in editing and reporting positions for media institutions, including the Greensboro News & Record, The Charlotte Observer, Savannah Morning News and The Longview (Texas) Morning Journal.  

At Salem, Dr. Dykers teaches a variety of Communication classes, including Photojournalism, Visual Communication, Multimedia Writing, Advanced Journalism and Senior Seminar. She has also taught many special topics classes. One of these special topics classes was “Oral History—Documenting the Restoration of Single Sisters House.” Dr. Dykers has a special passion for oral history projects.

Since Dr. Dykers came to Salem College she has developed and supervised student internships with organizations such as CBS News (with Dan Rather), ABC News, MTV, National Geographic, White House intern and Southern Living. She also serves on the JanTerm and General Education committees and advises Communication majors at Salem College.

When she is not teaching, Dr. Dykers enjoys doing oral histories and being a photographer/videographer. One of her major projects at Salem College was a three-year project to photographically document the restoration of the Single Sisters House. Currently she has four projects under way. One is a documentary about a dog, Peabody, whose treatment at NC State vet school for a cancerous tumor is helping doctors at Duke University to find new ways to treat breast cancer in women. Another documentary she is shooting is about engaging students in liberal learning through new technology, such as texting, YouTube, and blogs. A third project is an experimental film about restoration of the Single Sisters House. The last is with a group Dr. Dykers helped form two years ago, “The Capeer Group,” comprised of four women academics who help one another with projects. They're helping to edit and illustrate an unusual “diet” book written by Dyker's physician husband, who is concerned about obesity.

Dr. Dykers, although living in Winston-Salem, often escapes to her farm near Siler City, North Carolina, on weekends. On the farm she and her husband, Dr. John Dykers Jr., raise cattle. Dr. Dykers has her own media link: She has a cat named Derringer who is her “great buddy.” She says he “likes people a lot and greets at the front door everyone who visits my condominium near the college.”

Favorite Web Sites

Favorite Movies

  • Dr. Zhivago
  • Gandhi
  • Katharine Hepburn films
  • Meryl Streep films 


  • Mother, Eleanor Reese, who, nearing 91, remains in good humor and curious about the world;
  • Husband, John, who “dreams large dreams and helps me create long dinners with people who enjoy exploring ideas and issues late into the night;”
  • Clouds, sunrises, sunsets, oceans, and rivers that help us appreciate how small are we and how important is taking care of Planet Earth.


  • BA, University of North Texas; MA, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Doctoral Thesis:

Making Journalism Public: An ethnographic study of a North Carolina-born newspaper editor, Buzz Merritt, who, as long-time editor of the Knight-Ridder-owned Wichita (Kansas) Eagle-Beacon, began reinventing local journalism to encourage readers of his paper to understand the role of civic deliberation in a democracy.

Research Interests:

Media effects, civic deliberation, participant observation, survey research, documentary history and practice, social media uses and gratifications

Personal Interests:
Photography, documentary, news media, architecture