The School of Mass Communication is pleased to announce that its new director, as of JulyÂ 1, will be Dr. Olaf Hoerschelmann, of the Department of Communication Studies of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill.
Dr. Hoerschelmann received his doctoral degree in mass communication from Indiana University, his M.A. in communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Tubingen, Germany. At EIU, he has been the graduate program coordinator since 2009. He is particularly interested in cultural history of the media, among other research areas.
The former director of the SMC, Dr. Jamie Byrne, is now associate dean of the College of Professional Studies. The unit has been led by interim director Dr. Linda Pledger, faculty emeritus from the UALR Department of Speech Communication, since August, 2011.