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To: Temple Faculty

From: Ira M. Schwartz

Re: Appointment of Dr. Bonnie S. Brennen as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Date: August 11, 2005

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Bonnie S. Brennen, Professor and Chair of Journalism, will assume the role of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs effective August 15, 2005.
Dr. Brennen succeeds Dr. Ronald J. Tallarida, who stepped down on July 31, 2005 to return to his federally-funded research and teaching activities in the Department of Pharmacology.

In Fall 2004, Dr. Brennen joined Temple as Professor and Chair of the Department of Journalism in the School of Communications and Theater.   We were pleased to recruit her from the University of Missouri, one of the top journalism programs in the country.   Her scholarly work centers on journalism history and cultural studies.  

Dr. Brennen is a prolific scholar.   She has published one book, two edited books, and a number of journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews.   She has also presented papers at many national conferences and served as guest editor for three journals.   Dr. Brennen is also a well-regarded teacher and has performed valuable service activities to her profession, school and department.   In addition, Dr. Brennen has extensive professional corporate communications experience in the private sector prior to coming to academia.  

Although she is a relatively recent addition to the Temple family, Dr. Brennen brings experience in faculty affairs at the University of Missouri and has already served as a member of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Tenure and Promotion at Temple.   She is a highly recognized and prominent educator and scholar in the field of journalism and mass communications.   We are fortunate to have someone like Dr. Brennen step into this important role.  

I would like to thank the Faculty Senate and the members of the Committee on Administrative and Trustees appointments for their assistance in this search.