Eichhorn Named Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Kristen Campbell EichhornDr. Kristen Campbell Eichhorn, a former Presidential Faculty Fellow and chair of communication studies, became dean of graduate studies, effective July 1.

Recently completing an American Council on Education Fellowship at Cornell University, Eichhorn succeeds Dr. Mary C. Toale, interim dean of the Division of Graduate Studies since December, who returns to her role as professor and chair of communication studies.

Promoted to full professor in 2014, Eichhorn has a distinguished record of teaching, research and service in her nearly 10 years with the college, including serving as one of two senators to the SUNY-wide Faculty Senate.

Serving as chair of communication studies for four years, Eichhorn provided leadership for 43 full- and part-time faculty, support personnel and professional staff, as well as more than 850 students in four undergraduate programs. She led the development of newly crafted, measurable student learning outcomes and three-year assessment plans, and supervised the acquisition of new technology and the update of facilities.

Eichhorn’s many publications include two editions as co-author of the well-regarded textbook Interpersonal Communication: Building Rewarding Relationships. She also has published research in such journals as the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Human Communication and International Journal of Leadership Studies.

Eichhorn earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and Spanish from Canisius College, a master’s in communication research from West Virginia University and doctorate in communication research from the University of Miami. She was a 2013 participant in the American Council on Education’s Regional Women’s Leadership Forum. l

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