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Release:April 25, 2001
Berry to serve as interim director of UI journalism school
IOWA CITY, Iowa Venise Berry, associate professor in the University
of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will serve as interim
director of the school beginning this summer when current director John Soloski
leaves to become Dean of the Grady College of Journalism at the University
Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, announced the interim
appointment after a majority of the schools faculty forwarded the recommendation
"I am delighted that Venise has accepted this vital leadership role,"
Maxson said. "I am confident that under her direction the school will
maintain its high standards for excellence and will complete a smooth transition
to a new permanent director."
Berrys appointment is effective through June 2002. Starting in the
next few weeks, she will work with Maxson to appoint a search committee to
conduct a national search for a new permanent director of the school.
Berry has been associated with the UI journalism program since 1977 when
she earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and broadcasting. She earned
an M.A. in communication studies from the UI in 1979 and then worked as newscaster,
outside news reporter, and news director for radio stations in Rosenberg,
Houston, and Austin, Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in journalism from the University
of Texas at Austin where she focused on radio, television, film, and ethnomusicology.
She joined the UI faculty in 1991.
Berry's research areas include African American cultural criticism, rap music,
and popular culture. She teaches courses in broadcast reporting and writing,
African Americans and mass communication, and popular culture.
In addition to numerous scholarly publications, Berry has published two novels
in recent years, "So Good," (1996) and "All of Me: A Voluptuous