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Message from the Dean


As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the College of Communication and Information (CCI)! A lot of great things are happening in the college, and I appreciate the opportunity to share some of them with you. CCI is truly on the move. My enthusiasm stems from the many recent accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students. A few examples include:

Establishment of five endowed professorships including: the Howard Distinguished Professorship in journalism and electronic media, the Jackson Professorship in advertising and public relations, and the Swain Professorship in communication studies.

Continued high student demand for our excellent programs including our ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications) accredited undergraduate programs in advertising, journalism and electronic media and public relations; and our ALA (American Library Association) accredited master’s program in information sciences.

Strong growth of the college’s sponsored research program through our Center for Information and Communication Studies.

Our excellent internationalization and study abroad program that makes our students “ready for the world” including faculty-led programs to Sydney, Australia; Rome and Sienna, Italy; Dublin, Ireland; and Prague, Czech Republic.

Continued curricular innovation resulting in (1) a new undergraduate degree in information sciences, the first in the State of Tennessee, (2) an outstanding interdisciplinary PhD program in communication and information, (3) an exciting undergraduate convergence curriculum in journalism and electronic media, (4) an excellent undergraduate organizational and interpersonal communication curriculum in communication studies, (5) continued expansion of social media offerings in all areas of our curriculum with particular emphasis on advertising, public relations and journalism and electronic media, and (6) an award winning documentary video program.

U.S. News and World Reports’ ranking of the School of Information Sciences as the 17th best library and information science (LIS) program in the country and a scholarly article’s ranking of Information Sciences as the top LIS program in the U.S. with respect to per capita publication of articles.

Major grants to the college to fund important research and training projects from government agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the U.S. Department of Defense and from foundations such as the Sloan Foundation.

Major upgrades to our teaching, learning and research facilities including: the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center, the Converged Newsroom, the Digital Photography Lab, the Message Effects Lab, the Nonlinear Digital Video Editing Lab, Patrick Auditorium, the Public Speaking Lab, the Scripps Convergence Lab, and the User eXperience Lab.

CCI’s outstanding Diversity and Inclusion Program that provides students with the education and knowledge needed to appreciate and celebrate all types of diversity through innovative programs like CCI’s Diversity Student Leaders Society, Diversity and Inclusion Week and our Experience Diversity Banquet.

Award winning student media such as WUTK-FM (a Top 10 College Radio Station), TNJN.com and Scoop magazine and a wide array of internships/practicums that provide our students with a wealth of opportunities for gaining practical experience.

Raising almost $20 million for CCI as part of UT Knoxville’s current Join the Journey Capital Campaign to support enhancement and expansion of the college’s programs.

Of course, at the heart of this excellent work is an outstanding group of talented faculty members, committed to achieving academic excellence with respect to research/creative work, teaching and academic/community service, wonderful students and alumni and a great group of dedicated staff members. Thank you for your interest in the College of Communication and Information. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist you in any way.

 

Mike Wirth, Dean
College of Communication and Information