Huxman to direct WSU's Elliott School of Communication

9:30:25 AM CDT - Thursday, March 11, 2004

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Susan Huxman

Susan Huxman, associate professor of communication, is the new director of Wichita State University's Elliott School of Communication. Her appointment concludes a national search, said William Bischoff, dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She had been serving as the school's interim director since June 2003.

"The ESC is poised to move forward, capitalizing on its strengths as the only comprehensive integrated school of communication in the state of Kansas," says Huxman. "I am thrilled to be a part of that effort. It is a real pleasure to serve WSU in a school of communication that understands its mission so clearly to develop well-rounded communication and media professionals who can think critically, plan strategically and communicate effectively in multiple communication platforms."

"Dr. Huxman has spent a valuable year as interim director and knows the Elliott School. She's an excellent teacher, which I think is mandatory for anyone who wants to move into an administrative position," said Les Anderson, Elliott School associate director and associate professor. "In addition, a solid connection with the professional community is vital to our school, and she also provides that. In short, I can't think of a better choice. The faculty is elated about her selection."

Huxman joined the Elliott School in 1990. Her previous administrative posts include director of the oral communication program and coordinator of the master of arts in communication program. She also teaches courses in strategic communication in organizations, media analysis, public speaking and research methods. 

Huxman earned her doctor of philosophy and master of arts degrees in communication from the University of Kansas. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Bethel College.

The Elliott School of Communication, housed in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers the only academic program in Kansas that integrates journalism, broadcasting, public relations and speech communication. 

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