Dr. Ana Garner named interim communication dean

Dr. Ana Garner, professor of journalism and media studies, has been named the interim dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, Provost-elect Dan Myers announced today. She will assume the deanship from Dr. Lori Bergen, who recently accepted a new position at the University of Colorado – Boulder as founding dean of its new College of Media, Communication and Information.

Garner, who will begin in her role on July 1, previously served as interim dean from 2005-06. Prior to that, she was the college’s associate dean for graduate studies and research. A member of the Diederich College of Communication faculty since 1992, her research and teaching interests are in the areas of cultural studies, popular culture, mass communication and visual communication.

Garner earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Rutgers University, as well as a master’s in journalism and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Iowa.

“Dr. Garner combines a deep understanding of the college and an enthusiasm for its current momentum,” Myers says. “That, coupled with the respect of her colleagues, makes her the ideal candidate to move the college forward while we search for the next permanent dean.”

“I’m excited at the prospect of working with the faculty, staff and students of the Diederich College as we transition to our next chapter,” Garner says. “Dean Bergen is leaving us a great foundation upon which to move forward in the future.”

According to Myers, a search committee for the next dean will be announced next week.