Message from the Dean

Dean Tracy SulkinThis fall marked a welcome return to campus life, and while we all continue precautions to navigate the pandemic, there has been palpable excitement in seeing our (masked) colleagues and students in person again.     

But we didn’t return to Gregory Hall as we knew it. Our basement instructional facilities have undergone a substantial facelift, with renovations to create state-of-the-art spaces. Perhaps the most noticeable of these is the College of Media-branded glass wall outside of our reconfigurable “iFlex” audio/visual-enhanced classroom. We also have a new production studio outfitted with a green screen, cameras, and lighting equipment, a post-production room with first-rate capabilities, and a remodeled computer classroom with upgraded workstations. Next up is a new Media Technology Center to support teaching and learning collegewide.     

Our renovation work will continue for at least the next year and a half, thanks to a historic gift by Richard and Leslie Frank, who established the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media in 2020 and dedicated a portion of the funds to upgrades and renovations. A major redesign of our broadcast teaching facility, Richmond Studio, is underway. One highlight will be a newsroom/classroom area, visible from the studio, featuring an open layout to enable collaborative work.     

Beyond infrastructure and technology improvements, we have also launched a number of new programmatic initiatives. Support from campus has enabled us to create the New Voices Internship Program for first generation college students and students from underrepresented populations. We have secured funds to support junior faculty engaged in grant-seeking and to invest in new professional education programs. And we’re particularly excited to be working with alumni to kick off a Chicago alumni group.     

We thank our many alumni, donors, and campus partners for investing in our growth as leaders in media education and research.

Tracy Sulkin

Fall 2021