Five added to Elon's
Communications faculty


Five individuals with strong academic and professional experience have accepted invitations to join the School of Communications faculty starting in Fall 2004. This increases to 29 the number of full-time faculty members in the School.

"We have an outstanding faculty who care deeply about students and what they learn," Dean Paul Parsons said. "Our new faculty members add extraordinary depth in teaching, service and professional activity."

New faculty members, in alphabetical order, are:

Lee Bush, most recently senior vice president of the Ketchum Public Relations agency in Chicago. At Ketchum, she headed the brand marketing division whose clients include Wendy's, Kimberly-Clark, ConAgra, Quaker Oats and Lions Club International. Previously, Bush spent six years with Ogilvy Public Relations as senior vice president in Chicago and as director of Ogilvy's London office. She earned a B.A. in speech communication from Missouri Western and an M.S. in communication from Northwestern. She also taught in the undergraduate leadership program at Northwestern.

Eleanor Cowen, whose media credits include being assistant editor and sound editor of documentary productions for National Geographic Television and Discovery Communications. Cowen also served as an editor on commercial and industrial productions and, in 1989, was a production assistant on "Driving Miss Daisy," which won four Academy Awards. From 1997-2000, Cowen was post-production manager in the School of Filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts, then became a visiting assistant professor at UNC Greensboro. She earned a B.A. at the University of Georgia and an M.A. at Georgia State.

Kenn Gaither, named as this year's outstanding Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gaither worked six years at William J. Green & Associates and Burson-Marsteller and two years as director of public relations and marketing at elan communications in Pittsburgh. He earned a B.A. and M.F.A. at Pittsburgh. He has published articles in Public Relations Review and has a co-authored book on international public relations currently under contract with Sage. He received the 2003 Lionel C. Barrow Minority Doctoral Student Scholarship from AEJMC.

Richard Landesberg, an experienced broadcast producer, former manager of European news operations for Mutual/NBC Radio in London and most recently with CNN in Atlanta. Landesberg is completing his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where in 2003 he was one of five graduate-student teachers to receive the Tanner Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He taught full time in UNC's School of Journalism in 2003-04. Landesberg earned a B.A. from American University in Washington and an M.A. at UNC. He worked for Mutual/NBC Radio in Los Angeles and London before joining CNN from 1995-98.

Glenn Scott, former Tokyo bureau chief for Pacific Stars & Stripes and business reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser. Scott is completing his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where graduate students in the School of Journalism chose him as their president in 2003. He was a columnist and editor at the Modesto (Calif.) Bee for 14 years and served as sports information manager for volleyball at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. His B.A. and M.A. are from California State at Fresno. He won the Steven Chaffee award at the International Communication Association conference last year for his analysis of CNN and al-Jazeera decision-making.



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