Raul Reis named dean of UNC Hussman

Hussman School of Journalism and Media

UNC Campus Message from Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Provost and Director of Studies J. Christopher Clemens

Dear Caroline Community,

We are pleased to announce that Raul Reis, Dean and Professor of the School of Communication at Emerson College, has been appointed Dean of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, effective July 1. An internationally recognized leader, Reis brings 25 years of experience in academia and experience creating nationally ranked programs that have helped Emerson prepare students for the rapidly changing world of digital media.

At Emerson, a college dedicated to communications and the arts, Reis oversaw the design and implementation of 10 of the school’s 18 undergraduate and graduate programs, several of which ranked nationally among the best. degree programs in their fields. Under his leadership, enrollment in the School of Communication has increased significantly. In 2021, almost half of the 5,100 students were enrolled in the school, up from 27% five years earlier. In turn, Reis hired 38 full-time faculty over five years, recruiting diverse expertise in new and innovative areas.

Reis worked with faculty and department heads to create and implement a school-wide strategic plan that broke down silos between programs and transformed teaching and learning. He coordinated the development of the school’s diversity plan, which involved a comprehensive audit of the curriculum to ensure equity and inclusion were embedded at all levels. Together with faculty, Reis also helped rewrite a curriculum that is digitally-focused, innovative, practical, and based on student learning.

Prior to heading Emerson College School of Communication, Reis was Dean and Professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University and was previously a tenured faculty member at California State University, Long Beach. Originally from Brazil, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Universidade Federal do Pará in Brazil, a master of science in journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University, and a doctorate in communication and society from the University of Oregon. Reis is the president-elect of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and has presented on behalf of the U.S. Department of State in numerous Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries.

Reis joins UNC Hussman during an exciting time of success and growth. The school has won the Hearst National Championship, the most prestigious college journalism award, six of the past seven years. Doctoral students have won the nation’s largest mass communication research thesis award more than any other school. The school recently surpassed a $75 million goal as part of the University’s $4.25 billion campaign for Carolina, and this spring it will open the state-of-the-art Curtis Media Center. , billed as the country’s leading technology center for media and journalism education. Reis is well positioned to continue the school’s positive trajectory.

We would like to thank the members of the search committee, chaired by Gary Marchionini, Dean and Professor Emeritus Cary C. Boshamer at the School of Information and Library Science, for their dedicated efforts to bring Reis to Carolina. We also want to share our appreciation for Heidi Hennink-Kaminski who has ably served as Acting Dean of Hussman since January.

Please join us in thanking Gary and Heidi and welcoming Raul to Carolina.

Truly,
Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Chancellor
J. Christopher Clemens, Provost and Director of Studies