Webster University School of Communications Dean Eric Rothenbuhler believes it is a period of tumultuous change in the media industry. However, he does not see this as a bad thing.
“It is the single best, single most important time there has ever been to study communication and media, the most important time in the history of our field to be teaching communication and the most fraught time there has ever been to be practicing communication,” he said.
Rothenbuhler delivered these remarks at a welcoming reception held by Webster University on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the St. Louis Club. More than 100 media professionals, alumni, faculty and staff attended the event to officially welcome Rothenbuhler to Webster University where he began his first year as Dean of the School of Communications and professor in August 2012.
He was previously associate dean of the Scripps College of Communication and professor of media arts and studies at Ohio University, director of the media studies MA program at New School University and a faculty member at the University of Iowa and Texas A&M University.
Rothenbuhler said Webster University’s School of Communications is poised to meet the needs of the changing media landscape.
“We offer the full range of media and modes of communication from journalism to animation, from advertising to film making – every aspect of media and communications is included in our curriculum,” he said.
“What makes our university unique is that we’re able to integrate theory and practice in a curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning, inter-disciplinary teamwork, professional-grade equipment and real-world clients in addition to the global campus network that benefits students in all programs.”
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