The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication announced the appointment of James Wallace Chair in Journalism Peter Laufer as SOJC interim associate dean for Undergraduate Affairs.

Laufer will step in for former associate dean Julianne Newton through the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Newton was named Edwin L. Artzt Interim Dean in November to replace longtime dean Tim Gleason.

“I am honored by the opportunity to serve the School, especially during this era of continuous change in the disciplines we teach and study,” Laufer said. “Ours is an exciting time of reinvention as we prepare students to change the world.”

An international correspondent, editor, broadcast journalist and author of 18 books, Laufer frequently combines his scholarly and professional work with administrative leadership. He has served as news and program director of WRC Radio in Washington D.C., founding program director of Newstalk 93.6 in Berlin and management consultant to news broadcasting projects, including National Geographic, Washington Monthly and Mother Jones radio programs. He has managed a variety of book publishing and documentary film projects along with journalism education initiatives in the Middle East for UNESCO and USAID.

Most recently, Laufer helped establish the UNESCO Institute for Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue at the UO.

Laufer was honored with the SOJC’s Jonathan Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching in 2012.

“Professor Laufer’s expertise, experience and dedication to our students will serve him well as he guides the SOJC Undergraduate Affairs,” said Newton following the December 9 announcement. “Please join me in welcoming him to our administrative team.”