Five more experts join Northwestern varsity faculty

January 27, 2013 - 4:28:11 am

The new faculty members with the CEO.

Doha: Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has announced new appointments to its administrative ranks aimed at strengthening its programmes in journalism, communication and liberal arts. 

Dr Jeremy Cohen of Penn State University has been named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, while Dr John V Pavlik will serve as Associate Dean for Research, both newly created positions.

The two new deans will “bring exceptional reputations as institutional leaders, scholars and media experts to NU-Q and the Qatar community,” said Dr Everette E Dennis, Dean and CEO. “This comes at a time when NU-Q has been granted greater autonomy, but still works closely with its US campus schools of communication, journalism and the liberal arts as well as the university library.”

Cohen comes from a high level post at Penn where he was associate vice-president for undergraduate education, senior associate dean and professor of communication. He was previously a tenured associate professor of communication at Stanford University and is a noted media law scholar. An expert in higher education, he also edits the Journal of General Education.

Pavlik served as director of the journalism school at Rutgers where he is a professor of journalism and head of the Journalism Resources Institute. He was previously at Columbia where he led digital media operation in journal and served as director of the School of Communications at San Diego State University. He is also the author of leading books on digital journalism and new media.

Three others, Dr Scott Curtis, Mary Dedinsky and Dr Sandra Richards, were named as directors of the programmes of communication, journalism and liberal arts respectively. Senior Associate Dean Richard Roth, formerly head of journalism, continues with school-wide responsibilities. Roth, an academic leader and respected journalist had led the journalism programme since the school’s inception in 2008.

The new leadership signals “a maturation of the NU-Q programme, connecting and integrating our academic programmes and services with professional outreach, all to be responsive to a digital and global society,” Dennis added. 

As chief academic officer, Dr Cohen will report to the dean and work with the programme directors. 

Dr Pavlik is charged with developing an institutional research programme with major school-wide projects and collaborations with other research institutions as well as assisting individual faculty and encouraging new projects and funding. Anticipated is a print and electronic publication series and more signature academic and professional events. 

The dean said: “Pavlik is a respected and much admired scholar and research administrator who will help connect NU-Q with media industries in Qatar and the region.” 

Also part of the university’s restructuring, the communication and journalism programmes are now headed by Directors Dedinsky and Curtis. 

Dedinsky’ s professional credentials include serving as managing editor of the Chicago Sun Times and in several key leadership roles at the Chicago Tribune. She was the first woman in the US to lead the news operations of a major metropolitan newspaper, and previously served as associate dean at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in the US. 

Curtis is a film historian and expert on visual media with several articles to his credit and a forthcoming book on film history. He is also president of Domitor, an international film organisation and was a film archivist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Both are associate professors at NU-Q. The restructuring at NU-Q began in September 2012, when Dr Sandra L Richards was appointed as director of the liberal arts programme, where she also serves as a professor in residence. A renowned scholar of African American and performance studies she holds a full professorship in NU’s School of Communication in Evanston, Illinois. 

The Peninsula