TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS) has announced Dr. Michael D. Bruce as the department chair for Journalism and Creative Media. Previously, Bruce served as the department’s interim chair and the interim director of the Digital Media Center.
“I’ve been interim for basically a year and a half, and it’s nice to bring clarity and certainty to the department. I’m excited for the opportunity to work alongside C&IS leadership and lead the department into the future,” said Bruce. “I look forward to further solidifying partnerships between the department, college and Digital Media Center.”
With over 30 years’ experience and 200 sporting and live event credits, Bruce joined the C&IS faculty in 2011 to help build the College’s undergraduate concentration in sports media. He teaches graduate research methods and serves on numerous committees within and outside the department. In 2017, he was appointed president of the Broadcast Education Association’s board of directors.
“The University of Alabama is proud of Dr. Bruce’s leadership and commitment to broadcast education. He’s done an excellent job as interim, and I look forward to continue working with him. The future of JCM is in good hands,” said Dr. Brian Butler, dean of C&IS.
The Department of Journalism and Creative Media was formed in the fall of 2016 after a merger of the departments of Journalism and Telecommunication and Film. Since, it has become home to award-winning faculty and students whose work can be heard, read and watched worldwide.