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K-State Today

November 28, 2023

Woods named interim director of A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication

Submitted by Marcia Locke

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Heather Woods, associate professor in the A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication, has been named interim director of the school by Chris Culbertson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The appointment began on Nov. 6.

Woods joined the school in 2017. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communication and technology and has served as the school's associate director for graduate programs and research. Her research, which is focused on the relationship between technology and culture, shapes policymaking, product development and scholarly conversations on emerging technology.

Woods received her doctorate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, her master's degree at Baylor University and her bachelor's degree at Kansas State University. Before joining the faculty at K-State, she served as an outreach and assessment coordinator at Project Vox, an open-access Mellon Foundation-funded digital humanities archive housed at Duke University. She also served as a teaching and learning fellow at UNC's Center for Faculty Excellence and a scholar in Duke University's Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge.

"We thank Dr. Woods for being willing to lead the department while we search for a permanent director," Culbertson said. "I am confident, given her background and experience, that she will provide the leadership needed for the school during the interim."

The college thanks Colene Lind, associate professor in media and communication, for serving as acting director for the past few months, and Karin Westman, professor of English, and the search committee for their excellent work in the search process. A search for a permanent director is underway.