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Loyola University Chicago Appoints
School of Communication Dean
Hong Cheng, PhD, is a scholar of
international communication and mass media

CHICAGO, March 25, 2019—Loyola University Chicago has appointed Hong Cheng, PhD, as dean of the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago, effective July 1.

He comes to Loyola from the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he has served as professor and director since 2013.  

Cheng’s research centers on international communication, cross-cultural advertising, and global social marketing. He has authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters and presented his work at conferences around the world. He has taught courses that span a range of topics from advertising to research methods.

“Dr. Cheng brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the ever-evolving world of journalism, mass communication, and advertising,” said Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, Loyola’s interim provost and chief academic officer and Health Sciences Division provost. “His international experience will be a tremendous asset to our students as digital media makes the world of communication closer and increasingly connected.”

Cheng joined VCU in 2013 from Ohio University, where he was professor in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. Before that, he was an associate professor at Bradley University. He holds a PhD in mass communications from Pennsylvania State University and an MA in international journalism from Shanghai International Studies University. 

“I’m thrilled and honored by this appointment,” said Cheng. “I’m familiar with the outstanding reputation of Loyola University Chicago and deeply impressed by what its School of Communication has achieved over the past 10 years. I look forward to working with the community to bring the school onto a higher level of excellence and prominence in the years to come.”

Cheng has deep international experience and has served on the faculty of universities on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. Currently, he is a chair professor of the School of Journalism and Communication at Xiamen University and leads VCU’s China Initiatives Team. Over the years, he has received a number of awards for teaching, research, and service. 

He co-authored (with Dr. Guofang Wan) Becoming a Media Savvy Student (2004) and also co-edited (with Dr. Kara Chan) Advertising and Chinese Society: Issues and Impacts (2009) and (with Dr. Philip Kotler and Ms. Nancy Lee) Social Marketing for Public Health: Global Trends and Success Stories (2011). He is the editor of The Handbook of International Advertising Research (2014).  

After completing time as the school’s acting dean, John Slania will return to his role of associate dean.

“We are grateful to John Slania for his steady leadership as interim dean and to the faculty, students, and staff of the School of Communication for their continued quality work during this transition,” said Callahan. “We also extend our thanks to the members of the dean search committee and its chair, Nancy Tuchman, PhD, dean, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, for their work in filling this important position.”

About the School of Communication
Located in Chicago, one of the world’s great communication centers, Loyola’s School of Communication provides an ideal setting for integrating study with practical application in the expanding field of communication. Students benefit from a distinguished scholarly faculty working with experienced professionals in the areas of journalism, media studies, documentary film production, cultural communication, and public advocacy. The school offers state-of-the-art on-site production facilities, labs, and equipment, as well as proximity to Chicago’s vast production community. Loyola is home to a 24-hour FM radio station, an award-winning student newspaper, and an extensive internship program. To learn more about the school, visit LUC.edu/communication or follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 17,000 students. Nearly 12,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.




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