Implementation committee named for new CU-Boulder College of Media, Communication and Information

University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced the formation of an implementation committee for a new College of Media, Communication and Information.

“We have reached a turning point,” said Moore. “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 of Regents.”

The implementation committee is charged with preparing a proposal for the Board of Regents for a new College of Media, Communication and Information and will be chaired by Merrill Lessley, professor emeritus of theatre and dance. Other committee members include Mark Amerika, professor of art and art history; Daniel Boord, associate professor of film studies and director of the Brakhage Center; Andrew Calabrese, professor of journalism and mass communication; Katherine Eggert, associate professor of English; Harsha Gangadharbatla, associate professor of journalism and mass communication; Leysia Palen, associate professor of computer science; Peter Simonson, associate professor of communication; and Karen Tracy, professor and chair of 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.

Moore said the goal is to present a proposal to the Board of Regents in the spring of 2014. The new College of Media, Communication and Information could house degrees and certificates in media studies, media production, communication, information studies, journalism, intermedia and emerging arts, advertising, strategic thinking and design, he said.

The implementation committee will describe the proposed overall structure of the new college and convene a series of committees on topics such as faculty governance, core curriculum, degrees and certificates, student success, budget and space, according to Moore.

“The implementation committee 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,” said Moore. “Meanwhile, as I’ve indicated before, we will maintain all current processes during the transition. And, most importantly, all current students will be able to complete the degrees they are currently pursuing.”

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Bronson Hilliard, CU-Boulder spokesperson, 303-735-6183