Catherine Luther has been named associate dean for academic programs for the UT College of Communication and Information.
Luther, interim coordinator of the college’s interdisciplinary graduate programs and associate professor in the college’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media, had taken on additional interim administrative duties for the college since January of this year, when her predecessor, Sally McMillan, was named vice provost for academic affairs.
The appointment became official on March 1.
Michael Wirth, dean of the college, said Luther was chosen through a unanimous decision by a committee appointed to fill this position. He said Luther has many merits that helped the committee choose.
“(She is) strong academically; she has lots of professional experience, good communication skills and the support of the faculty,” Wirth said.
In addition to teaching college-wide graduate courses, Luther will oversee recruiting efforts, the application process, undergraduate and graduate programs and curricula for the college.
Wirth said he looks forward to Luther’s involvement with the college in this new position.
“I expect she will bring a new set of eyes, renewed energy and will help move the undergraduate and graduate programs forward to achieve excellence in all areas,” he said.
Luther, a well-known scholar in the area of international communication, earned a doctorate at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and joined UT as an assistant professor in 1998. She was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and was a Fulbright Scholar to Japan in 2007.
In addition to her academic career, Luther has been a producer for ABC News’ Tokyo bureau and a reporter/producer for Japan America Television Inc., based in Los Angeles.