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April 8, 2009

UI names Perlmutter director of School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The University of Iowa has appointed David D. Perlmutter to be professor and director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Perlmutter is currently a professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. He will begin his UI appointment June 30.

Perlmutter has also been named a CLAS Starch Faculty Fellow, an award that recognizes and supports the work of outstanding senior faculty whose teaching and research focus on psychological issues related to communication.

"David Perlmutter will be a dynamic and nationally visible leader for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which offers one of our most highly sought undergraduate majors, as well as the nation's oldest graduate program in mass communication," said CLAS Dean Linda Maxson. "I am confident David will maintain and enhance the scholarly profile of our school while ensuring that our professional journalism and mass communication programs continue to reflect the important changes taking place in media."

A scholar with wide-ranging interests, Perlmutter is the author of five books on political communication, most recently "Blogwars: The New Political Battleground," published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. He also wrote "Picturing China in the American Press" (2007), "Policing the Media: Street Cops and Public Perceptions of Law Enforcement" (2000), "Visions of War: Picturing Warfare from the Stone Age to the Cyberage" (1999) and "Photojournalism and Foreign Policy: Framing Icons of Outrage in International Crises" (1998). He has edited two additional books and written dozens of book chapters and articles in academic journals.

Perlmutter is well known for the "P&T Confidential" column that he has contributed regularly to the Chronicle of Higher Education since 2001. He is writing a book on the same subject, "The Guide to Promotion and Tenure in Academia," under contract to Harvard University Press. He has also published many essays in international newspapers and periodicals, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.

Perlmutter received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He served as interim associate dean for graduate studies and research in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University before joining the faculty at Kansas, where he also served as associate dean for graduate studies and research in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Perlmutter will succeed interim director Marc P. Armstrong as head of the UI's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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