Tom Volek spent 15 years in commercial television and then entered academe. He has worked extensively with Russian journalism schools on their emerging market-based media, and the U.S. military on military-media issues.
- HOPE Award Finalist, 1997, 1998 and 2003
- Del Shankel Teaching Excellence Award Finalist
- Excellence in Teaching Award, Center for Teaching Excellence 1999, 2001
- Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence
- Award of Appreciation, Press Office of Leningrad Oblast