Back to top

Message from the Dean

Dean Mike Wirth

Welcome 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 the Herb Howard Distinguished Professorship in media management and law and the Board of Visitors Professorship.

The creation and unanimous faculty adoption of a forward-looking strategic plan for the college that focuses on excellence and provides CCI with an exciting vision for the future.

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.”

Continued curricular innovation resulting in (1) a revised and improved interdisciplinary PhD program in communication and information, (2) an undergraduate convergence curriculum in journalism and electronic media, (3) an undergraduate organizational and interpersonal communication curriculum in communication studies, and (4) expanded social media offerings in advertising, public relations and journalism and electronic media.

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 from 1999-2004.

Recent major grants to the college to fund important research and training projects from government agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and from foundations such as the Sloan Foundation.

Major upgrades to our teaching, learning and research facilities including: the Scripps Convergence Lab, the CCI/ORNL User Experience Lab, the Patrick Auditorium, the Message Effects Lab, the JEM Converged News Room, the Organizational Research Lab and the Public Communication Center.

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, 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.

Successful completion of CCI’s part of the Campaign for Tennessee that raised more than $11 million to support the college’s programs.

These are just a few of the many things we’re proud of at CCI. Of course, at the heart of this excellent work is an outstanding group of talented faculty, dedicated to achieving academic excellence with respect to research/creative work, teaching and academic/community service. 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