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SJMC says farewell to four of its finest and welcomes new faculty

Professor T.K. Chang retired from the University this spring and has accepted a position at City University of Hong Kong. Chang, whose specialties include international communication, mass media and foreign policy and Chinese media, is co-author of "China's Window on the World: TV News, Social Knowledge and International Spectacles" and "The Press and China Policy: The Illusion of Sino-American relations 1950-1984." He has served as associate editor for Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly since 2002. A vital part of the SJMC graduate program and research faculty, Chang also advised numerous Ph.D. students and served as a member of the graduate admissions and graduate affairs committees during his 19-year tenure. We wish him all the best in his new position at City University of Hong Kong!

Assistant professor Kathy Roberts Forde has accepted a position at the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Forde, who joined the SJMC faculty in 2005, has received several national awards for her interdisciplinary research. Her first book "Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and the First Amendment," published by the University of Massachusetts Press in August 2008, won two book awards: The 2008 AEJMC History Division's Book Award for the Best Book on Journalism & Mass Communication History and the 2008 Frank Luther Mott-KTA award for the best research-based book about journalism and mass communication. She will be missed, but we are excited for her as she begins this new chapter in her blossoming career!

Longtime staff member Karen Stohl retired in June. For nearly 40 years, Stohl served as an integral role in the SJMC's day-to-day operation. Her kind, supportive demeanor and warm, lighthearted spirit has played a significant role in the well being of countless students, faculty, adjuncts and staff and has made an indelible mark on Murphy Hall. Nearly 150 SJMC faculty, emerti faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends attended her retirement celebration in May. We wish her an enjoyable and relaxing retirement!

Teaching specialist Ken Stone has decided to step down from his full time position in order to spend more time on his consulting business. We are thrilled to have him continue as an adjunct instructor in the future.

Dana Benson joins the SJMC faculty as a full time teaching specialist for our broadcast courses, including electronic news writing, reporting and producing. Benson has more than 30 years experience as a producer and news director at all the major network stations in the Twin Cities. Most recently, he was executive producer for KSTP-TV's investigations unit, where he managed the six-person, award- winning Investigative Team. Benson also served as interim news director in late 2007, where he was responsible for daily story selection, newscast producing and managing the news department staff and budget.

Newly appointed assistant professor Heather L. LaMarre, a recent Ph.D. graduate from The Ohio State University, specializes in strategic and political communication. Her work on political satire and late-night comedy has been covered in the national and international media as well as on public and talk radio, blogs and popular culture news sites. She recently co-authored "The Irony of Satire: Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in The Colbert Report," published in the April issue of The International Journal of Press/Politics. The article garnered national media attention, including stories in the Chicago Tribune, the (Toronto) Globe and Mail, The Guardian (U.K.) and The Huffington Post as well as a mention on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."

Jennifer Williams will join us for the 2009-10 academic year as an assistant professor. A recent graduate of the SJMC's Ph.D. program, Williams' scholarly and teaching interests are in strategic and political communication. She will teach Jour 1001, Introduction to Mass Communication, Jour 3201, Principles of Strategic Communication: Advertising and Jour 4247W, Advertising in Society.