Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Faculty & Staff Directory

Don Heider, PhD

Title/s: Dean

Specialty Area: Communication, technology, virtual worlds, digital ethics, race and media.

Office #: School of Communication 235

Phone: 312.915.6548

E-mail: dheider@luc.edu


Donald Heider is the first appointed dean of Loyola University Chicago's School of ‌Communication. Dr. Heider is an award-winning broadcast journalist and the author or co-author of four books.

Heider previously served as Associate Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.  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.


PhD in Communication from the University of Colorado

MA in Journalism from American University

BS in Speech Communication Colorado State

Program Areas

Journalism, digital communication

Research Interests

Digital ethics, virtual worlds, broadcast journalism, race and media, class and media.

Professional & Community Affiliations

In 2011 Dr. Heider was elected vice president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) and will serve in that position 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.

Heider is a member of AEJMC, ICA, BEA, and NCA.

Courses Taught

Communication and New Media, Media Literacy, News Reporting, Media, Global Citizenship and Democracy, Civic Life and New Media, Critical Issues in Journalism, Writing for the Mass Media, News Reporting, Broadcast News Writing and Radio Reporting, News Documentary and Public Affairs, Television Reporting, Media and the Construction of Whiteness, Television Producing, Qualitative Methods, Mass Communication Theory II, Journalism Ethics, Mass Media Writing, Radio and Television News, Principles of Broadcast Production, TV Production 2, News Team, Newsgathering for Television, Television Investigative Reporting, Electronic Magazine Reporting, Television Documentary.


The Eyes of Texas Award for excellence in service in teaching, 2005.

Faculty Appreciation Award, Texas Blazers, Spring, 2004.

Ethics Fellow, The Poynter Institute, January 2004

Outstanding Faculty Member, Student Chapter of SDX, University of Mississippi, 1991

Recipient, The John Merriman Award - Writer's Guild of America, 1990.

Emmy, A Day at the Fort - Special Events Program - Regional NATAS, 1989.

Emmy, Tennessee Tacky - Best Feature - Regional NATAS, 1989.

Emmy, The Price to Play - Sports Program - Regional NATAS, 1989.

Emmy, Poker Payoffs - Best Series - Regional NATAS, 1986.

Edward R. Murrow Award - Poker Payoffs - Investigative Reporting - Regional RTNDA 1986.

Emmy, The Tennessee Sampler - Best Feature - Regional NATAS, 1986.