Dr. Dennis is born in Seattle, Washington to Everette Eugene and Kathryn Marie Dennis.
Dr. Dennis receives a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon.
Dr. Dennis receives a Master of Arts from Syracuse University and begins his career as an information officer in the Department of Mental Health in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Dennis becomes an assistant professor at Kansas State University.
Dr. Dennis becomes an assistant professor, then associate professor, and then full professor at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Dennis receives a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Dennis completes postdoctoral work at Harvard University and serves as the director of the graduate program in the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Dennis becomes a professor and dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.
Dr. Dennis serves as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
Dr. Dennis becomes the founding executive director of the Gannett Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University.
Dr. Dennis receives the University of Oregon Webfoot Award.
Dr. Dennis marries Emily Thompson Smith.
Dr. Dennis serves as the founding president of the American Academy in Berlin.
Dr. Dennis becomes a Felix E. Larkin Distinguished professor in the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University.
Dr. Dennis becomes the chief operating officer of the International Longevity Center (ILC).
Dr. Dennis is inducted into the Oregon Journalism Hall of Achievement.
Dr. Dennis receives the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Oregon and the Global Media Research Award from the Center for Global Media.
Dr. Dennis becomes the dean and chief operating officer of Northwestern University in Qatar.
Dr. Dennis serves on the board of the World Innovation Summit for Health.
Dr. Dennis is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.