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Lori Bergen, PhD, is the founding dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information and James E. de Castro Chair in Global Media Studies. As founding dean of CU Boulder’s first new college in more than 50 years, Bergen is leading the charge for an interdisciplinary approach to media, communication and information education that is enriched by data and immersive technologies.
A nationally recognized leader in teaching, scholarly research and creative work, Bergen holds important roles in several major academic and professional organizations. Starting in 2018, she will serve on The Poynter Institute’s Board of Trustees. Bergen is currently on the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute and has served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and received the Scripps Howard Foundation Administrator of the Year.
Bergen came to CU-Boulder from Marquette University, where she was dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. During her tenure at Marquette, she spearheaded initiatives focused on partnering professionals and students to create high-impact journalism and improve learning.
Before joining academia, Bergen worked for several years as a journalist.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University, and a PhD in mass communication with a minor in organizational behavior from Indiana University-Bloomington.