He is Dean Emeritus, having served as dean for 26 years (1979-2005), during which time he led the school to increased international prestige through programs in East Europe, Russia, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, and Africa. In 2005, Cole was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame. Also that year, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the General Alumni Association of the University and was inducted into the University’s Order of the Golden Fleece. In 2004, he received the Earl Gluck Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters. Cole was national president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (1982-1983) and national president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (1986-1987). For 10 years, he was book-review editor (or co-editor) of Journalism Quarterly. He has been a consultant to state governments and more than 30 universities in the United States, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Cuba. For eight years, he was a vice-president of the worldwide International Association for Mass Communication Research. He is the co-author of one book and the editor of another. He is the author of articles in Journalism Quarterly, Gazette: The International Journal for Mass Communication Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, Journalism Educator and other scholarly publications. His research has concentrated on three areas: international communication, concerns of professional journalists, and education for journalism-mass communication.