School of Communications to undergo reorganization

Provost Gayle R. Davis has announced a reorganization of the eight programs within the School of Communications.

Davis said the changes will better meet and support the educational needs of students, faculty and staff; the reorganization will take effect prior to the 2017-18 academic year.

The following changes will take place in August: The Theatre program will become part of what is currently called the Music and Dance Department; Photography, and the Film and Video Production programs will join the Art and Design Department.

The School of Communications will continue to facilitate the Communications Studies, Advertising and Public Relations, Multimedia Journalism and Health Communications programs, in addition to the Master of Communication program.

No units will be closed or created by these changes, nor will curriculum in the majors be affected. Davis said the realignment will better support students, faculty and staff members by offering increased opportunities for visibility, collaboration and innovation as the programs will be housed with others that have operational parallels. She added that the new formulation will also more closely meet the expectations of the university’s accreditation bodies.

Fred Antczak, dean of the College of liberal Arts and Sciences, said that he is enthusiastic about the future of the SoC and other reorganized CLAS departments.