CCI Hosts University of South Carolina

CCI and CIC deans and directors tour FSU Innovation Hub
CCI and CIC teams explore FSU Innovation Hub.

FSU College of Communication and Information (CCI) hosted a team of visitors from the College of Information and Communications (CIC) at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). Deans and directors from CCI and CIC spent November 20th discussing the unique opportunities available to colleges where Information and Communication are combined into one academic unit.

CCI and CIC deans and directors collaborate during the UofSC visit
CIC and CCI administration teams exchange ideas and practices.

“We brought our leadership team to CCI to learn from the best,” said CIC Dean Tom Reichert. “Our goal is to see how other comparable programs—with both communication and information under the same roof—work together. My leadership team was very impressed by both the innovation and personnel in the CCI. We can’t thank CCI enough for the hospitality and to Dean Dennis for the invitation. We hope CCI will visit us in South Carolina soon.”

In addition to FSU and USC, there are five universities in North America that combine Information and Communication into one college: Kent State University, Rutgers University, University of Alabama, University of Kentucky, and University of Tennessee.

During the November 20th visit, the administration teams from CCI and CIC toured CCI’s academic facilities, had group discussions, and had individual meetings with “position partners” who have similar roles across the two colleges. Objectives for the visit’s discussions focused on opportunities associated with increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity among students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, the groups explored research opportunities unique to each unit’s disciplinary strengths and innovative curriculum design ideas.

Dean Tom Reichert and Dean Larry Dennis sit in a group discussion
CIC Dean Tom Reichert (left) and CCI Dean Larry Dennis (right) participate in a discussion with administration teams.

“Getting an opportunity to learn from a College similar to ours is invaluable to us,” said FSU CCI Dean Larry Dennis. “The enthusiasm and innovation of the University of South Carolina’s College of Information and Communications leadership team helped us think broadly about our own opportunities. We hope to extend the collaboration through additional conversation and by engaging the other U.S. colleges focused on communication and information.”

Participating deans and directors

Tom Reichert, Dean – UofSC CIC
Larry Dennis, Dean – FSU CCI

Andrea Hickerson, Director, School of Journalism and Mass Comms – UofSC CIC
Jennifer Proffitt, Director, School of Communication – FSU CCI

Dick Kawooya, Assistant Director, SLIS – UofSC CIC
Kathy Burnett, Director, School of Information – FSU CCI

Kim Thompson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs – UofSC CIC
Michelle Kazmer, Associate Dean Academic Affairs and Faculty Development – FSU CCI

Rushondra James, Assistant Dean for Student Services – UofSC CIC
Danyele Martin, Assistant Dean Student Affairs – FSU CCI

Brytnee Leigh, Assistant Dean Administration & Finance – UofSC CIC
Ebrahim Randeree, Associate Dean Finance & Administration – FSU CCI

Rachel Rolli, Executive Assistant to Dean – UofSC CIC
Elaine Howard, Executive Assistant to Dean – FSU CCI

FSU CCI Associate Deans

Paul Marty, Associate Dean for Innovation

Marcia Mardis, Associate Dean for Research

CIC and CCI teams learn about CCI programs and opportunities for students at FSU Innovation Hub.
CIC and CCI teams learn about CCI programs and opportunities for students at FSU Innovation Hub.