Amy Falkner has been named the new dean of Ithaca College‘s Roy H. Park School of Communications. Falkner has had a lengthy career as a teacher and a leader in the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse Universityincluding serving as acting and interim dean for two years from 2018 to 2020. She joined the Newhouse faculty in 1998, was named associate dean for academic in 2006, and has been senior associate dean since 2012.
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Falkner holds a BA in communications/journalism from st. John Fisher College and MA in magazine journalism from SU. She worked in the newspaper industry for a decade, where she was named one of Presstime’s “Top 20 under 40″ newspaper industry executives. She then entered academia as an assistant professor in the advertising department at Newhouse. Falkner was the first member of the faculty to become a two-time winner of the Newhouse Teaching Excellence Award, an honor voted on annually by the graduating class.
Among her professional affiliations, Falkner is an active member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, in which she has served as an member of the Professional Freedom and Responsibility Committee, which focuses on five core areas: free expression, ethics, media criticism and accountability, diversity and inclusion and public service. She also was elected to two terms on the Standing Committee on Teaching.
Falkner has also been active in the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility space while assisting SU in finalizing its DEIA strategic plan. In the Newhouse School, this included implementing new faculty training on topics such as implicit bias, oversight of faculty recruitment, hiring and retention showing sustained growth in BIPOC and female faculty populations, holding sessions with students of color and their allies, being the point person for student bias reports, supporting intercultural events, and rolling out a new three-credit diversity class required of all 2,000 Newhouse undergraduates.
A productive researcher, Falkner studies the purchasing behaviors and media use of LGBT consumers. For six years, she led the “Gay and Lesbian Consumer Online Census,” a national annual survey with 10,000 respondents intended to help Fortune 500 advertisers understand the complexities of the LGBT market. Results were used to develop and implement communications campaign strategies.
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