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Joseph Mazer Named Dean of College of Communication and Information

I am pleased to announce that Joseph Mazer, professor and chair of Clemson University’s Department of Communication, will be the next dean of the College of Communication and Information effective July 1.

Dr. Mazer has over 17 years of experience in academia. In 2012, he was named the director of the Social Media Listening Center at Clemson University; in 2018, he was selected to serve as the chair of Clemson’s Department of Communication; in 2019, he was selected as a Faculty Fellow by Clemson’s Office of the Executive VP for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Dr. Mazer’s academic research focuses on new communication technologies and social media, communication in teaching and learning, communication in relationships, and quantitative research methods. He has been recognized among the top 1 percent of the most prolific scholars in communication between 2007 and 2016, and in the top 10 most influential scholars in instructional communication from 2000 to 2016.

He will succeed Michael Wirth, who announced earlier this year that he will return to a faculty role after successfully serving as dean for the past 15 years. Dean Wirth will be remembered for increasing the college’s research, making the college a campus leader in study abroad opportunities, and nearly doubling its endowment by raising more than $33 million to support research, scholarships, experiential learning, and facilities upgrades.

As dean, Dr. Mazer will lead a community of strategic creative thinkers who are passionate about leading, thinking, and preparing students to understand the role of information and communication in democratic societies. He will oversee the college’s four schools—advertising and public relations, communication studies, information sciences, and journalism and electronic media.

He brings a steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion, extensive experience in academic strategic planning and program oversight, a successful record of innovative collaboration with external stakeholders, and an awareness of change in higher education. He will bring his experience and innovative perspectives to an award-winning college as he begins his tenure as its next dean. I look forward to his leadership and creative insight as our university embarks on its new strategic vision.

I also want to thank the search committee, chaired by Ellen McIntyre, for their time and dedication to the search process.

I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Mike Wirth on 15 successful years as dean and in welcoming Joe Mazer to Rocky Top.

John Zomchick
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor