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Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Don Heider

Don Heider, PhD 
Title: Dean
Location: School of Communication 235
Telephone: 312.915.6548


Donald Heider is the first appointed dean of Loyola University Chicago's School of ‌Communication. Dr. Heider is an award-winning broadcast journalist and joined Loyola from  Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

In 2011 Dr. Heider was elected vice president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) and will serve in that postion until 2012, when he will become president-elect and then president through 2014 of the non-profit, educational association composed of some 190 JMC programs at the college level.

As associate dean at the University of Maryland Dr. Heider served as the chief academic officer for the College of Journalism and had oversight responsibilities for instruction, curriculum, academic affairs, and the college cable channel.

Previously, he served as associate professor, graduate advisor, and broadcast journalism sequence head at the University of Texas at Austin. He also has taught at the University of Colorado, the University of Mississippi, and American University.

From 1980 through 1990, Dr. Heider worked in broadcasting, including positions as syndication producer for the Gillett News Bureau in Washington D.C., special projects producer and manager of Special News in Nashville, Tenn., and executive producer at WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, Tenn.  During his broadcasting career, he has been recognized with five Emmy awards and an Associated Press award.

Dr. Heider holds a PhD in communication from the University of Colorado, an MA in journalism from American University, and a BS in speech communication from Colorado State.

Dr. Heider is chair of the Standing Committee of Professional Freedom and Responsibility for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. He edited a groundbreaking book researching virtual worlds entitled, Living Virtually: Researching New Worlds (2009). He is also an associate editor of Communication Methods and Measures and the reviews editor for Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.



School of Communication · 820 N. Michigan Ave
Water Tower Campus · Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.915.6548 · Fax: 312.915.6955
E-mail: LoyolaSOC@luc.edu

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