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Bruce Gronbeck honored as a CLAS Alumni Fellow

Aug 05, 2014

Bruce GronbeckBruce gronbeck

MA 1965, PhD 1970
Communication Studies

Bruce Gronbeck, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication Studies, has been named a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Alumni Fellow.  Bruce is recognized as one of the most prominent scholars of rhetoric and media in the world. A dedicated teacher and scholar, he served the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences with distinction from 1973 until his retirement in 2008, including as the A. Craig Baird Distinguished Professor of Public Address, director of the Center for Media Studies and Political Culture, and department chair. In addition to teaching generations of undergraduate students with passion and innovation, Gronbeck mentored sixty-five successful doctorate candidates at the University of Iowa, earning him the Outstanding Mentor Award from the University of Iowa Graduate College and the National Communication Association (NCA) Mentor Award. The recipient of many academic honors—among them the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award and serving as a Fulbright Senior Specialist—Gronbeck has been a leader in publicly engaged scholarship and a respected  voice in his discipline for decades.

The Alumni Fellows program—now in its 16th year—formally recognizes College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates or former students for their outstanding contributions to society, their professions, the College, and the University of Iowa. The program is made possible by funds from the UI Alumni Association Dean’s Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Each year, several CLAS alumni—nominated by the CLAS departments in which they studied—are honored as Alumni Fellows. They are invited to campus for a two-day visit. Each Fellow visits his or her home department to speak to classes, meets socially with small groups of faculty and students, and makes a public presentation based on his or her experiences since leaving the University.

At 4:00 p.m on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, the Department of Communication Studies will host a seminar for Bruce in 140 SH.  The seminar is free and open to the public.

At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Alumni Fellows will participate in a special celebration at the Old Capitol Museum jointly sponsored by CLAS and the UI Alumni Association. The 2014 Alumni Fellows Celebration will combine an awards presentation with remarks by the Fellows and a public panel discussion as part of the Alumni Association's Lifelong Learning series. The celebration is free and open to the public.

Click HERE to view photos from these events.