February 10, 2009

Tudor tapped for MCMA associate dean

by Pete Rosenbery

Deborah A. Tudor
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Deborah A. Tudor is the new associate dean in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Tudor’s appointment became effective Jan. 1. The appointment requires ratification by the SIU Board of Trustees at its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12.

“Dr. Tudor will make a remarkable associate dean,” said Dean Gary P. Kolb. “She is a skilled administrator and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position. She will be an indispensable addition to an already strong administrative team in the college and I am most happy to have her on board.”

Tudor served as chair and associate professor in SIUC’s Department of Cinema and Photography from 2006. Prior to her arrival at SIUC, she was an associate professor in the Department of Communication at DePaul University since 1997.

“I’m very happy and very honored to be chosen for this position,” she said.

Tudor said she enjoyed her tenure as chair in cinema and photography. She will be able to do more programmatic work, which she enjoyed in cinema and photography. In her new position Tudor is also director of the college’s New Media Center, which strongly aligns with her research interests in digital processes and games.

Kolb and Tudor currently will oversee the cinema and photography department, and Clare Mitchell, assistant dean of students, will work with student issues, Tudor said.

Tudor will also address day-to-day issues that might arise, such as overseeing space and facility issues, while assisting in the college’s recruiting efforts.

“The staff of the New Media Center is excellent and there are some great ideas for things we can do that will help us fulfill our mission -- both within the center, for the college, and by extension, the University’s mission,” Tudor said. She would like to see the New Media Center expand upon its current community outreach projects.

Tudor replaces Linda McCabe Smith, who served as interim associate dean from 2007 to November 2008. McCabe Smith is currently interim associate chancellor for diversity.

Tudor earned her doctorate in June 1992 from the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern University, where she also earned her master’s degree. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky.

Tudor lives in rural Carbondale. Her husband, Jim, is vice president of engineering of Contour Saws in Chicago.