Julianne Newton

Interim Provost Scott Coltrane named Julianne Newton interim dean of the School of Journalism and Communication.

She will assume her new duties on November 1, 2013. Newton has been a professor of visual communication in the SOJC since fall 2000 and has served as the associate dean for Undergraduate Affairs since 2008.

Newton will take over for Edwin L. Artzt Dean Tim Gleason, who has been the dean of the school since 1997. Gleason announced last year that he would be stepping down as dean in 2013. He will continue working with the School as well as in the Office of Academic Affairs as special assistant to the provost until the end of this academic year when he plans to take a sabbatical.

“The knowledge Julie brings to the position and the respect she has earned from the faculty and staff make her an excellent choice,” Gleason said. “I look forward to working with her to continue the building on our nearly 100 year legacy of excellence.”

Newton, who has worked as a reporter, editor, photographer and designer, applies research ethics and cognitive theory to the study of visual behavior. She was editor of Visual Communication Quarterly from 2001-06 and serves on the editorial boards of several visual communications journals. She is author of The Burden of Visual Truth: The Role of Photojournalism in Mediating Reality and co-author (with Rick Williams) of Visual Communication: Integrating Media, Art and Science, which won the 2009 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in Media Ecology. Her research applies ethics and cognitive theory to the study of visual behavior. Newton’s honors also include the National Communication Association Visual Communication Research Excellence Award (2004 and 2008), Marshall Award for Teaching Innovation, National Press Photographers Association Garland Educator of the Year Award, and the AEJMC Distinguished Contributions toVisual Communication Award.