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Raul Reis Named Dean of Emerson College’s School of Communication

Dr. Raul Reis has been named dean of Emerson College's School of Communication. 

Emerson College has appointed Dr. Raul Reis as dean of the School of Communication and professor in the Department of Communication Studies, effective July 1, 2016.

“We are extremely excited to have attracted Dr. Reis to Emerson College’s School of Communication at this critical moment in its storied history,” said Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Michaele Whelan. “He brings to Emerson a strong record of academic growth and visionary leadership, and an in-depth global perspective on communication and media,” she said.

“Emerson’s School of Communication has an illustrious history and vibrant future,” Raul Reis said. “Emerson’s talented faculty have already shared with me numerous ideas that will advance the School’s mission of academic excellence and innovation, and I am looking to a long partnership with them, our students, and our alumni to help the College reach new heights,” he said.

Since 2011, Dr. Reis has been the dean and a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. As dean, he led the school through a period of tremendous growth that included creating two new undergraduate majors and one new graduate program, increasing annual enrollment by 200 students, and raising $3 million in grants and gifts.

Dr. Reis is a native of Belém, a city in the Amazon region of Brazil. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Brazil, and both of his graduate degrees in the United States: a master’s at Kansas State and a PhD at the University of Oregon. 

He has published extensively in academic journals and books on wide ranging issues such as the impact of mass media on traditional communities; Latin American and Brazilian media; higher education; and science, health, and environmental communication. His academic articles have appeared in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; Journalism & Mass Communication Educator; Journal of Mass Media Ethics; Science Communication; World Communication Journal; Environmental Communication; and the Journal of Intercultural Communication, among others. In addition to a monograph, he has co-authored two books: Mass Communication: Producers and Consumers (2010), and Writing and Reporting for Digital Media (2015).

A veteran journalist who spent many years working as a print and broadcast reporter and editor for Brazilian and U.S. news organizations, Dr. Reis covered politics, sports, city news, as well as science and the environment. Before FIU, he was a faculty member at California State University, Long Beach, from 2000 to 2011. He earned tenure there in 2003, and was promoted to full professor in 2008. He also served as department chair from 2007 to 2011.

In an email message to the Emerson community, Whelan thanked all of the members of the search committee: Bill Anderson, Amy Ansell, Miranda Banks, Catherine D’Ignazio, Kelly Farquharson, Linda Gallant, and Donna Heiland for their invaluable time and guidance, as well as the many faculty, staff, and students who participated in the search process.

Whelan also acknowledged the efforts of Dr. Phillip Glenn for “his very gifted leadership as interim dean of the School of Communication since July 2012. We’re very grateful for his leadership and for his dedication to the College,” she wrote.

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