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Ted Spiker

Professor and Chair - Department of Journalism

Office: 2070 Weimer Phone: 352-392-0500 Email: tspiker@jou.ufl.edu Twitter: @ProfSpiker

Bio

Ted Spiker, the chair of the department of journalism, primarily teaches Advanced Magazine Writing and Sports Media & Society (#SportsMediaUF). He has also taught Health and Science Writing, Applied Magazines, Magazine Management, Finding Your Voice, Journalism as Literature, Magazine & Feature Writing, and others. He came to the University of Florida in 2001, was awarded tenure in 2007, and promoted to full professor and chair in 2015.

Spiker was named the University of Florida Teacher of the Year for 2016-17.

Spiker’s book and magazine work is focused on health and fitness. His work has been published in TIME.com; Esquire.com; Outside; O, The Oprah Magazine; Fortune; Men’s Health; Men’s Fitness; Women’s Health; Runner’s World; AARP The Magazine; Reader’s Digest; Parenting; Prevention; and many others. Spiker writes the Big Guy Blog for RunnersWorld.com (formerly he wrote The Marathon Virgin blog).

Spiker is author of DOWN SIZE: 12 Truths for Turning Pants-Splitting Frustration into Pants-Splitting Success (Hudson Street Press), a book about the biology and psychology of weight loss and dieting struggles. He is co-author of more than a dozen other books, including the national bestselling YOU: The Owner’s Manual series with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, This is Your Do-Over with Dr. Michael Roizen, and the bestselling Abs Diet series with Men’s Health editor-in-chief David Zinczenko.

In 2012, Spiker was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by greatist.com. In 2013, he (barely!) completed the 2013 Florida Ironman.

Before coming to UF, he was the articles editor of Men’s Health. He also served as a senior editor and associate editor. He was also editor and assistant editor of Delaware Today magazine and has taught as an adjunct instructor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and at the University of Delaware. He earned the master of science degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the bachelor of arts, with a double major in communication and English-journalism, from the University of Delaware. He has won several teaching awards, and his paper on how magazine covers portrayed the events of September 11 was published in the Journal of Magazine and New Media Research. Spiker served as the 2009-10 head of the Magazine Division for AEJMC.

Education

M.S., Columbia University
B.A., University of Delaware

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Research

Professor Spiker’s creative activities focus on mainstream magazine writing, with an emphasis on health, fitness, and nutrition. He researches, reports, and writes stories for various national magazines, and also has worked and is working as a co-author on several health-related books.

He also has a strong interest in other forms of writing, including narrative, profiles, essays, humor, and many other genres, as well as research/teaching interests in magazine writing, magazine covers, the magazine industry, and magazine design.

Research Keywords

Magazines, Health, Journalism, Narrative journalism, Literary journalism, Magazine writing, Magazine covers

Research Areas

  • Literary Journalism

Courses

Syllabi from the current and three previous semesters: