4 Finalists for Dean’s Position Announced

Sonya Forte Duhé, David D. Kurpius, Esther Thorson and Thor Wasbotten
Top row: Sonya Forte Duhé and David D. Kurpius. Bottom row: Esther Thorson and Thor Wasbotten.

All Will Participate in a Campus Interview and Open Forum

Columbia, Mo. (Feb. 2, 2015) — The four finalists for the position of Dean of the Missouri School of Journalism were announced today by Provost Garnett Stokes and Deputy Provost Ken Dean.

All will participate in a campus interview as outlined below. The time, date and location of each finalist’s open forum will be posted once the details are confirmed.

The finalists are:

Sonya Forte Duhé
Director and Professor
School of Mass Communication
Loyola University

  • Campus Visit: Feb. 11-14
  • Q-and-A with Alumni Session: 3-3:45 p.m., Thursday, February 12, Lambert Room (RJI 200A)
    • To join the discussion, call toll-free from the U.S. and Canada: 866-357-7737. International dial-in number: 763-515-8933. Conference code: 8960052747.
  • Open Forum: 4-5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in 201 Cornell Hall (Bush Auditorium)
    • To view the event via live streaming, go to http://rjionline.org/live
    • Those not attending can send in questions at this Twitter hashtag: ?#mojodean

David D. Kurpius
Professor, Manship School of Mass Communication
Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
Louisiana State University

  • Campus Visit: Feb. 15-18
  • Q-and-A with Alumni Session: Due to the inclement weather, this session has been cancelled. Alumni are encouraged to view the live streaming of the open forum and participate via Twitter.
  • Open Forum: 4-5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6 Hulston Hall, School of Law
    • To view the event via live streaming, go to http://rjionline.org/live
    • Those not attending can send in questions at this Twitter hashtag: ?#mojodean

Esther Thorson
Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Study
Research Director, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
University of Missouri

  • Campus Visit: Feb. 22-24
  • Q-and-A with Alumni Session: 3-3:45 p.m., Monday, February 23, Lambert Room (RJI 200A)
    • To join the discussion, call toll-free from the U.S. and Canada: 866-357-7737. International dial-in number: 763-515-8933. Conference code: 8960052747.
  • Open Forum: 4-5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, Great Room, Reynolds Alumni Center
    • To view the event via live streaming, go to http://rjionline.org/live
    • Those not attending can send in questions at this Twitter hashtag: ?#mojodean

Thor Wasbotten
Director and Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Kent State University

  • Campus Visit: Feb. 25-28
  • Q-and-A with Alumni Session: 3-3:45 p.m., Thursday, February 26, Lambert Room (RJI 200A)
    • To join the discussion, call toll-free from the U.S. and Canada: 866-357-7737. International dial-in number: 763-515-8933. Conference code: 8960052747.
  • Open Forum: 4-5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, Leadership Auditorium, 2501 Student Center
    • To view the event via live streaming, go to http://rjionline.org/live
    • Those not attending can send in questions at this Twitter hashtag: ?#mojodean

Updated: July 31, 2020

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