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New Division Head: Dr. John Owens

Dr. John Owens

Dr. Owens became head of the Electronic Media Division in July 2013.

Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. John Owens, whose appointment as the new head of the Electronic Media Division takes effect this summer.

Incoming students will get to meet Dr. Owens fall semester as the instructor of the introductory class, Media in Your Life.

Dr. Owens joined the E-Media faculty in 1999 and has taught a variety of courses, concentrated in the area of media sales and programming.  His on-going responsibility has been leading students in the creation, development and management of Bearcast, the online radio station.

The new divisional leader was chosen by CCM Dean Peter Landgren and a seven person search committee.  More than twenty people applied for the position in the nationally advertised search.

Dr. Owens has a strong interest in new media technologies and has built relationships with leading media professionals locally and nationally.  He is published in peer-reviewed journals, an academic textbook and several trade publications.  He is chair of the radio and audio media division of the Broadcast Education Association.  Dr. Owens serves on several UC and CCM committees and has led the E-Media admissions/recruitment efforts for many years.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Owens succeeds Professor Marjorie Fox, who retires June 30 after serving as a faculty member for many years and division head since 2010.

Statement from Dr. Owens

I’d like to thank Dean Peter Landgren and the Electronic Media Division Head Search Committee for selecting me for this important post.  I am humbled, grateful and excited about taking on this new challenge.

I’d also like to thank Professor Fox for her excellent leadership of E-Media over the last 3 years and her service to our students for the past 24.  I especially appreciate her tireless work in guiding us through the revision of our curriculum for the semester conversion.

It is my intent to support the faculty, students and alumni of Electronic Media in any way that will contribute to their future success.  One area that I intend to focus considerable energy is in helping to raise funds to enhance the production facilities and tools within Mary Emery Hall.  The resources available to our faculty and students need to match the world-class reputation of the College-Conservatory of Music and the facilities of peer academic institutions. 

Finally, I want to encourage all of you to communicate with me early and often.  President Ono has set an excellent example as an administrator who values the opinion of students and alumni while being amazingly accessible.  As a media educator I take it as a challenge to outperform a Professor of Pediatrics and Biology in the use of social media!

Dr. John W. Owens


Posted May 31, 2013