Raul Reis, dean of the School of Communication, has been elected vice president of the Association of Schools of Journalism & Mass Communication—a professional and academic organization bringing together administrators from more than 140 institutions across the U.S. and the world. According to ASJMC tradition, Dean Reis will serve the 2020-21 term as vice president before taking on the role of president in the following year.
“I’m deeply humbled by this honor to serve the ASJMC, and look forward to paying back all that I have gained from this incredible organization” said Dean Reis, an ASJMC member of 15 years. “Most of the work is related to the annual conference, but ASJMC provides incredible opportunities for chairs, directors, and deans to connect and learn from each other.”
In his new role, Reis aims to cultivate the informal mentorship that he has enjoyed, while building more formal structures for connectivity and information sharing, such as through monthly webinars and other online resources. As ASJMC’s first Latinx president in its 123-year history, he is particularly interested in the support of women, members of color, and other underrepresented groups who are interested in developing leadership skills. “The increasing diversity of ASJMC is very encouraging, and it’s important that our new colleagues feel support in a place where they can grow into their roles,” Reis said.
Reis will also preside over the ASJMC’s annual meetings, strategic initiatives and various nationwide journalism and communication surveys. ASJMC also holds four seats on the Accrediting Council, and reports at least twice a year to members on accrediting issues and standards.