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The College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has appointed three of its faculty members to administrative leadership positions effective Aug. 1.

• Sally McMillan, an associate professor of advertising and public relations, will become the college’s associate dean for academic programs.

• Sam Swan, a professor of journalism and electronic media, will become the director of internationalization and outreach.

• Carol Tenopir, a professor of information sciences, will take on the role of director of research and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies. The center was formerly known as the Center for Information Studies. The name change is effective with Tenopir’s appointment.

“I am very grateful to these three professors for taking on the challenges associated with these important leadership positions. I look forward to working closely with them, the rest of the college’s leadership team and all CCI faculty and staff to build an even stronger college going forward,” said Mike Wirth, dean of the College of Communication and Information.

Sally McMillan

McMillan joined the university in 1999 and was appointed interim associate dean for academics in 2005. She has a doctorate in communication and society from the University of Oregon and has published numerous scholarly articles in refereed journals, books and conference proceedings. Her background also includes 15 years of professional employment in advertising, public relations, marketing, technology management, news reporting and book editing.

As the associate dean for academic programs, McMillan will provide leadership for college-wide academic programs and will handle many of the day-to-day administrative functions of the college. She will oversee the college’s interdisciplinary master’s and doctoral programs and the college’s undergraduate advising center. McMillan also will represent the college on various campus-wide committees and councils and manage academic-oriented college functions such as student orientation, convocation and commencement. She also will work with the dean and school directors to facilitate data collection and reporting for accreditation, program review, strategic planning and other academic-related areas.

Sam Swan

Swan joined the university in 1985 and has a doctorate in communication from the University of Missouri. He has served as the interim director of the college’s Internationalization and Outreach Program since 2006. He previously served as the interim director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media and as the head of the Department of Broadcasting at UT. His background encompasses more than 35 years in broadcasting, broadcast management, broadcast education and international media training. He has conducted more than 100 workshops in more than 40 countries on broadcast management and broadcast journalism.

As director of the Internationalization and Outreach Program, Swan will coordinate all of the college’s international activities as well as all its outreach activities in cooperation with the college’s four schools. He will oversee the college’s study-abroad program, college-sponsored international student and faculty exchanges and develop partnerships with international universities. Swan also will work with the dean, school directors and faculty to develop outreach programs for communication and information professional organizations, community organizations and alumni.

Carol Tenopir

Tenopir joined the university in 1994 and has served as the college’s interim director of research and of the Center for Information Studies since 2003. The new director, who earned a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, was ranked as the most research productive library and information science faculty member in the United States in an fall 2006 article in Library and Information Science Research.

Tenopir has earned numerous national awards for teaching and research from prominent professional organizations in her field, including the Association of Library and Information Science Education, the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and the National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing Services. In fall 2005, she was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Oulu, Finland.

As director of research/director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, Tenopir will coordinate all externally-funded research efforts within the college and oversee day-to-day operations of the Center for Information and Communication Studies. She will work closely with the dean, school directors and faculty to identify and pursue sponsored research opportunities, generate proposals and assist principal investigators with grant and contract management. Tenopir also will represent the college at meetings of UT’s Associate Deans for Research and Research Council.

College of Communication and Information

A center for innovative excellence in learning, scholarship and societal engagement, the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee boasts faculty members recognized both internationally and nationally for their teaching and research.

The college is made up of four schools: the School of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Information Sciences, and the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. The college offers four undergraduate majors, two master’s degrees, and is home to one of the oldest doctoral programs in communication and information in the southeastern United States.


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