Webster University Names Rick Rockwell SOC Associate Dean

| July 16, 2014
Rick Rockwell

Rick Rockwell

Rick Rockwell has been named the new School of Communications associate dean of graduate, online and extended programs at Webster University. Rockwell assumed his role on July 15.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rick Rockwell to the School of Communications,” said Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications. “Rick is an experienced administrator and an accomplished scholar, journalist, and media producer. He is a great addition to the School and we can’t wait to get started working with him.”

Rockwell comes to Webster after 17 years with American University in Washington, D.C. At American University, he created the inter‐disciplinary international media program, a graduate joint degree program taught through both the School of Communication and the School of International Service, the university’s top‐ranked school of diplomacy. Eventually, Rockwell went on to direct that program for the School of Communication. As interim director of journalism programs at American University, he also led curriculum reform efforts that resulted in the first major reforms of the graduate‐level journalism curriculum in a generation. He was also one of the leaders who created the Communication Studies degree program for the School of Communication.

Rockwell is the co‐author of “Media Power in Central America,” which won a national Choice Award from the American Library Association, among other accolades. Rockwell is also the executive producer and host of the weekly online radio program “Latin Pulse,” which is distributed via Link TV and goes out to more than 130,000 online subscribers weekly. He has worked as a producer for ABC News, a freelance reporter/producer for the PBS NewsHour, and a senior producer for Discovery Communications.

Rockwell has extensive experience as a reporter, producer and news manager at various television outlets, ranging from Texas to Wisconsin and Florida, including serving as the managing editor at WTSPTV in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rockwell earned a BSJ in radio‐TV journalism from Northwestern University and holds an MA in international journalism from the University of Southern California.

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