COM’s leadership team grows

Four members of Boston University’s College of Communication faculty were named to new leadership positions, with three of the roles created as part of a reorganization in advance of the departure on June 30 of Senior Associate Dean Dustin Supa, who is leaving to pursue a new opportunity outside of academia.

Tammy Vigil, associate professor of media science, will become senior associate dean. In this role, Vigil will provide strategic vision and oversight of all of the college’s academic programs, and may represent the Dean as necessary. The role includes: planning regarding registrations, representing COM to external and internal audiences, collaborating with BU offices, and supporting budget planning.

Jodi Luber, associate professor of the practice, film and television, will become associate dean, faculty and student actions. In this role, Luber will work with the Dean of Students’ office and on matters related to academic integrity, including suspension and dismissal; grade grievances; student petitions; supervises student hiring; and answers student and parent queries. Luber also will support the Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) Committee, provide oversight of the COM Writing Center, and support the Faculty Annual Review process. 

Anne Danehy, master lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, will become associate dean, academic affairs. In this role, Danehy will oversee the strategy and operations of all graduate and undergraduate programs and policies at COM. The role includes reviewing eCaps and external programs for COM impact, reviewing courses for minimum enrollment, and overseeing collegewide assessment activities and its overall curricula. Danehy will represent COM at the University’s Undergraduate and Graduate Councils.

Dana Janbek, master lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, will become Communication (CO) Director. In this role, Janbek will oversee the new CO Division, helping to support courses and programs that provide the foundation for a College of Communication degree, regardless of major.

“COM has been well served with truly impressive intelligence, creativity, and efficiency by its current senior associate dean, Dustin Supa,” said COM Dean Mariette DiChristina, “but the heavy workload he shouldered required multiple types of expertise.”

The new leadership structure, she added, reflects “our belief in the essential role that faculty governance plays in COM’s success. Although I am sad that Dean Supa is leaving, his departure presented us with an opportunity to reassess our organizational structure, and to make improvements that would better support additional faculty participation and engagement.”