Arnold named interim dean of Rowan's College of Communication


Lorin Basden Arnold has been named interim dean of Rowan University's College of Communication.

Lorin Basden Arnold has been named interim dean of Rowan University's College of Communication.

A nationally recognized expert in the field of family communication, Arnold, chair of the college's Communication Studies department, will serve as dean of the college during a period of transition.

She replaces Craig Monroe, who passed away Dec. 31 after a short illness. Monroe led the college for five years. The University will begin a national search for a permanent dean in September, according to Provost Ali Houshmand.

"Dr. Arnold has a long and distinguished record of teaching and service to the University," said Houshmand. "I feel Dr. Arnold can continue moving the college forward as we begin conducting a national search for a new dean."

Author of the book Family Communication: Theory and Research, published last year, Arnold joined Rowan in 1998. She has written dozens of scholarly articles, book chapters and book reviews and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Family Communication. She serves as guest editor for Southern Communication Journal and formerly served on the editorial board of Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.

At Rowan, Arnold has taught courses in a host of areas, including interpersonal speaking, public speaking, communication theory, organizational communication, small group communication, and survey research methods.

Before joining Rowan, Arnold, who resides in Collingswood, taught at Purdue University, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

She holds three degrees from Purdue: a bachelor of arts (with distinction) in communication/public relations (1988); a master of arts in public affairs/issue management (1991); and a doctorate in interpersonal communication (1996).

Over the past five years, Rowan's College of Communication has won hundreds of awards from organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists, American Women in Radio and Television, CINE, the Public Relations Society of America, the Philadelphia Press Association, and the Eastern Communication Association.

The college houses programs in communication studies, journalism, public relations and advertising, radio/television/film, and writing arts. The college also serves as home to Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, which has won 150 regional and national awards since 1993.