I normally don’t write about my personal life, but I’ve got exciting news to share with my friends, students and colleagues:
I’ve accepted a faculty position in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago, and will start there this fall.
Loyola is in the process of creating an extraordinary school of communication, and it’s my privilege to be part of it.
So what makes it special?
The University has made a strong commitment to the program, hiring a new dean (Don Heider), a talented group of new faculty, and creating a new facility (The Clare, at 51 East Pearson in the heart of Chicago’s business district). It’s literally steps from the Water Tower, and near many of the city’s ad agencies and media outlets.
At Loyola I’ll be able to pursue my interest in social media through a combination of teaching, research and professional practice. I’ll be working with a collegial faculty with deep academic and professional training. And I’ll be able to connect with industry professionals working at the highest levels for national accounts.
Oh, and in one of the most exciting cities in the world.
I’ll leave Wichita State with sadness. I have great affection for my colleagues and students. And I’ll miss the wonderful group of friends I’ve made through the years. So you can be sure I’ll return regularly.
I don’t leave Wichita State lightly. But there’s no permanent position for me there. So it’s time for a new adventure. And I couldn’t have asked for a better one.