This article provides information on the backgrounds of deans of schools and colleges of journalism and mass communication in the U.S. Finding the individual with just the right background to provide the direction of college or school is a major decision because new deans have the major role in shaping the future of their programs. The majority of the deans had bachelor degrees in disciplines other than communication. They tend to come more often from the ranks of long-time professional educators that from long-time media professionals.
Oneal, D. J., & Applegate, E. (2001). A profile of deans of schools and colleges of journalism and mass communication. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 30(3), 111–117.