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Lawson-Borders Named Associate Dean
September 21, 2009 — Gracie Lawson-Borders is the new associate dean for the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences.
Before joining the A&S Dean's Office, Lawson-Borders, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism, was the director of African American Studies for three years.
She oversees the following divisions: Biological Sciences, Fine Arts, Humanities, and Mathematical Sciences. Lawson-Borders also oversees two support units: Fine Arts Outreach and Cultural Programs. Her main responsibilities for the college are: budgets (including part-time funds, graduate assistants, start-ups and summer session), A&S Outreach courses, student recruitment, liaison to UW Foundation and A&S Board of Visitors, and facilitator for A&S Committees: Central, Computer Fee, Scholarship and Summer Independent Study.
Lawson-Border's research concentration is on media management, convergence and new technologies. Her book, "Media Organizations and Convergence: Case Studies of Media Convergence Pioneers," focuses on convergence as a concept and a process. She also examines media coverage of minority groups and issues.
A member of the advisory board for BlackPast.org, she has published in several professional journals and served on the faculties at both Kent State and Southern Methodist universities.
A former journalist, Lawson-Borders worked as a reporter and editor
at the Akron Beacon Journal, the Oakland Press and the Chicago Tribune.
She holds a B.A. from Michigan State University, an M.A. from
Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University.
Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009