From the Provost: Implementation committee named for new College of Media, Communication and Information

June 25, 2013

On May 1, 2013, I wrote to the campus indicating my decision to move forward with creating proposals to send to the Board of Regents in two areas: the sustainable environment, and media, communication and information. I am pleased today to announce the formation of an implementation committee for Media, Communication and Information. 

The charge to this group is to prepare a proposal for the Board of Regents for a new College of Media, Communication and Information. I want to be clear that we have reached a turning point: after more than three years of faculty discussions, after consultations with the deans, and with the support of the Chancellor, we have moved beyond the question of whether we are creating a new college to the phase in which we do the work necessary to present our ideas to the board.

The implementation committee includes:

Merrill Lessley, Professor Emeritus, Theatre and Dance; chair of the committee
Mark Amerika, Professor, Art and Art History
Daniel Boord, Associate Professor, Film Studies; Director of the Brakhage Center
Andrew Calabrese, Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication
Katherine Eggert, Associate Professor, English
Harsha Gangadharbatla, Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication
Leysia Palen, Associate Professor, Computer Science
Peter Simonson, Associate Professor, Communication
Karen Tracy, Professor and Chair, Communication

Christopher Braider, who has served as CU-Boulder’s Director of Journalism and Mass Communication since 2011, will serve as Director of Media, Communication and Information during the implementation phase. If the Board of Regents approves the creation of the new college, a search for the dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information will be launched.

I have provided a detailed charge to Professor Braider and the implementation committee that can be found at

In brief, the implementation committee will describe the overall structure of the college and convene a series of committees on such matters as faculty governance, core curriculum, degrees and certificates, student success, and budget and space. They will have funding to jump-start a series of exciting projects that will demonstrate the possibilities for education and scholarship in the proposed new college.

The goal is to have a proposal ready to submit to the Board of Regents in the spring of 2014 for a College of Media, Communication and Information that could house degrees/certificates in media studies, media production, communication, information studies, journalism, intermedia and emerging arts, and advertising, strategic thinking and design.

As I have indicated before, we will maintain all current processes during the transition period. Most importantly, all current students will be able to complete the degrees they are currently pursuing, and faculty will continue to be reviewed in their current units.

I look forward to working with students, the faculty, the staff, our supporters in the community and the Board of Regents in realizing this vision that so many have worked on for so long. I will report back to the campus shortly on our plans for the development of a program focused on sustainability and the environment.

Russell Moore,
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs