Allison Bennett Dyche came to VCU in Fall 2016 to fill the role of Director of Student Media in the Division of Student Affairs. She previously served as the Assistant Director for Student Media, and as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Communication, at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Director of Student Media at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. Before beginning work in college media advising, Allison spent five years working as a journalist for the Savannah Morning News. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Georgia Southern University, and a Master of Arts in Documentary Photography from SCAD.
She is enrolled as a Ph.D. student in the Media, Art and Text (MATX) interdisciplinary program at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is focusing her research on audio storytelling and podcasting. She currently serves on the board as Vice President for Member Services for College Media Association (CMA), the national organization that supports and educates college media advisers; as one of the faculty advisers for the Qatar Leadership Exchange between VCU and the VCUarts campus in Doha, Qatar; and as the programming committee chair for the Annual DSA Conference at VCU. She has previously served on the steering committee for the Southern Regional Press Institute at Savannah State University; as the coordinator for the Northwest Region Scholastic Media Day high school journalism workshop through the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association; and as a judge for a variety of media competitions including the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, the Tennessee High School Press Association, the Kansas Collegiate Media Association and the National Scholastic Press Association.
She was presented with the 2013 Honor Roll Adviser Award for Four-Year Multimedia Advisers from CMA, the 2013 Wilton C. Scott Award for Excellence in Advising from the Southern Regional Press Institute at Savannah State University, and was named Outstanding New Adviser by the Society for College Journalists national organization in 2011.