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July 30, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Names New Department of Communication Chair

Dr. Dennis D. Cali has been named the new chair for The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Communication, Dr. Alisa White, College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.

This appointment, which began July 1, replaces Dr. Marsha Matthews, assistant professor of journalism, who served as interim chair.

“I look forward to serving UT Tyler and the Department of Communication,” said Cali. “I found both the faculty and students within the department to be very competent and dedicated. I was intrigued by the dean, and I know that she is committed to excellence in the college and in this department. Working with her will be challenging and invigorating. It’s an exciting time to be in the field of communication, and the department here is poised to be a part of the action.”

As appointed chair, Cali also will serve as professor of communication at the university.

Cali comes to UT Tyler after serving as professor at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., where he taught communication, mass media and other related courses, among others. He also previously served at East Carolina University, Creighton University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

His areas of expertise include speech communication, mass communication and communication theory.

Cali holds a Ph.D. in communication from Louisiana State University.

His memberships include Abba School-American Delegate Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, National Communication Association and Religious Communication Association.

The UT Tyler Department of Communication offers bachelor’s degrees in journalism and speech communication as well as supplementary programs for undergraduates in other disciplines. At the graduate level, the department participates in the master of arts and master of science degree programs.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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