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Gross to Step Down as JEM Director

JEM Director and Professor Peter Gross

JEM Director and Professor Peter Gross announced that he will serve out the final year of his second 5-year term as director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media during AY 2015-16. He will return to full-time duty as a JEM faculty member effective August 1, 2016.

Under Gross’s leadership the School has expanded and improved its curriculum, facilities, faculty/staff and student media. Particular accomplishments include: establishing a converged journalism curriculum, building a converged newsroom, hiring a number of outstanding new faculty and staff members, obtaining a number of grants from foundations to provide specialized programming, and providing students with new/improved student media options through the establishment of the Tennessee Journalist ( and by taking over the management of The Volunteer Channel (TVC).

Gross also worked with the U.S. Department of State to bring a number of Edward R. Murrow international journalism groups to campus making UT one of only a small group of universities in the US to host the Murrow journalists in multiple years.

“Peter Gross has led the School of Journalism and Electronic Media during a time of tremendous change and transition for the journalism field,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “He has worked with the School’s faculty to bring innovation to the curriculum and to expand research and creative output as we journey to the Top 25. I am grateful for his many contributions.”

Gross, a highly productive scholar who has published numerous books and scholarly articles and book chapters, will be on professional development leave during AY 2016-17 and return to the classroom in August 2017.