Jerold L. Hale nominated to become dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters on July 1, 2010

March 8, 2010


DEARBORN / March 8, 2010---Jerold L. Hale, currently a professor in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Georgia (UGA), has been named dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  While at UGA, Hale was unanimously elected to three three-year terms as head of the Department of Speech Communication.

Hale’s five-year appointment will begin on July 1, 2010, pending the approval of the University Board of Regents.  In addition to his administrative position, he will be a professor of communication in CASL, pending campus approval and Regental approval.

“I look forward with great enthusiasm to working with Professor Hale,” said Catherine A. Davy, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn. “He is an accomplished scholar and a seasoned administrator with a reputation for consultation and collaboration. I am delighted with his appointment and excited about where the college will go under his leadership.”

Hale said he was attracted to working at UM-Dearborn because the campus and the University of Michigan system are hallmarks for academic excellence.

“I am honored to be selected to serve as dean for the university’s largest and most diverse school,” Hale said.  “The chancellor and provost have forged a vision of a university that strikes a balance between teaching and scholarship while being thoroughly engaged in the metropolitan area and southeastern portion of the state.  The university community has embraced that vision.  I have a history of providing collaborative leadership that has encouraged and facilitated community engagement through teaching, learning and research.  My personal commitments to academics and community engagement should fit nicely within UM-Dearborn’s metropolitan vision.”  

Before joining the University of Georgia in 1991, Hale served as associate professor, chief advisor and assistant to the chair of the Department of Communication at Miami University, visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University and assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Hale, who earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in communication at Michigan State University, has published many articles, book chapters, papers and essays on a wide range of issues in communication and social influence and interpersonal communication.


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