Spiro Kiousis Named Interim CJC Dean
Spiro Kiousis, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications executive associate dean, has been appointed interim dean effective Jan. 1, 2021, UF Provost Joe Glover announced today.
The current dean, Diane McFarlin, will retire at the end of the year after eight years in that position. Hub Brown, associate dean and associate professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, will succeed her effective July 1.
Kiousis, a CJC Public Relations Professor, served as chair of the PR Department from 2006 to 2012, was director of distance education for the college from 2010 to 2013, and was a UF Research Foundation Professor from 2009 to 2011. From 2013 to 2014, he was selected as an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellow from Southeastern Conference universities.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media from the University of San Francisco, a master’s degree in media studies from Stanford University, and a doctorate in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. His current research interests include political public relations, political communication, and digital communication. Specifically, this interdisciplinary research explores the interplay among political public relations efforts, news media content, and public opinion in traditional and interactive mass mediated contexts.