Journalism Chair Outlines Goals for the Year

This is part two of a two-part set of posts from the new chair of the Department of Journalism. The first offers insight on his personal side. The second presents department goals and activities for the upcoming year.

By Tim Gleason


Our department welcomes students back for another year of collaborative learning in classrooms and internships. As the new chair, I’m working with faculty toward important goals to advance our department. The big items on our to-do list for the upcoming year include:

Welcome for students

The department welcomes back students with an informative meeting about our program, Pizza with Professors, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Sage Hall 3408. Faculty and leaders of journalism clubs will lead the discussion, with an opportunity for students to ask questions. And, free pizza will be served. Throughout the year, the department will share updates on activities and events via our blog, Facebook and Twitter. We hope you will connect with us.

Accreditation review

Our department will be spending considerable time in 2014-2015 preparing a report for accreditation review. We are proud to be an accredited program through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Faculty search

An important effort underway is a tenure-track advertising faculty search to replace Dr. Jin Kyun Lee, who resigned in January to return to his native South Korea. We hope to have campus interviews in November, so students can interact with candidates and be a part of the process.

Interactive Web Management (IWM) major

Journalism continues to participate in the IWM major as a collaborative partner with the College of Business and Computer Science Department. Journalism offers three required classes in this degree, which offers an easy pathway toward a journalism minor. Dr. Sara Steffes Hansen is now the journalism representative since I moved to the chair position.

Public relations major

Dr. Julie Henderson is leading the charge to elevate the public relations emphasis into its own major. The curriculum will remain the same for our program, which received the Certification in Education for Public Relations in 2011.

It definitely feels like fall on campus, which helps us get set for an exciting year. See you around!


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