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KNOXVILLE — Dr. Faye D. Julian, professor and dean of undergraduate academic affairs at the University of Tennessee, has been named interim dean of the newly created College of Communications and Information Sciences.

Julian holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Tennessee Tech and the masters in Speech and Theatre from UT.

Dr. Faye D. Julian

In 1977, she received the first Ph.D. awarded in the UT College of Communications.

At UT, Julian has taught English, speech, and theatre courses. She was head of the Speech Communication Department for five years and also has directed First Year Studies and other undergraduate programs for the past six years.

Julian serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Association of Communication Administrators. She received the 1997 UT Chancellor-s Citation for Extraordinary Public Service, was selected as a Woman of Achievement by the UT Knoxville Commission for Women, and was named Communication Educator of the Year in 1996 by the Tennessee Speech Communication Association.

The new college is formed by the recent consolidation of the College of Communications and the School of Information Sciences at UT.

Communications Dean Dwight Teeter and Information Sciences Director Elizabeth Aversa formerly headed the two academic units.

Dr. Loren Crabtree, UT vice president and provost, said Julian would remain interim dean until a permanent dean is named.

UT plans to launch a search for a permanent dean near the end of the year, he said.

“Communications and information sciences are natural partners in this age of electronic communications and digital information,” Crabtree said. “The merging of the two is part of a campus-wide plan to better serve our students and make the best possible use of our scarce state appropriations.

“I sincerely thank the former dean and director for their excellent service which has contributed to the success of these programs.

“We are pleased that Dr. Julian has agreed to continue that strong leadership during this important time of transition at UT.”