Today, TCU announced that Kristie “Kris” Bunton has been named the new dean of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.
Bunton comes to TCU from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she has held the position of associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2011. She holds degrees in Journalism from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Mass Communication.
On hearing of Bunton’s appointment to head his namesake College, veteran newsman Bob Schieffer said, “I believe she will be a great fit for TCU.
“In this era when so many women are moving to the front lines in communications and doing some of the toughest jobs in journalism especially, having a qualified woman to lead our college sends a powerful message.”
A noted scholar in the field of ethics, Bunton’s academic interests include: media ethics; media, gender, race and class; and media accountability. She has been published in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, and Public Integrity, and she is past chair of the Media Ethics Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Bunton also co-edited The Ethics of Reality TV: A Philosophical Examination, published in 2012.
In an email to the faculty and staff of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, Bunton wrote that she was attracted to TCU and the College because the of the student-centered programs. She said she was impressed by the commitment to “educating students for lives as skilled, responsible communicators and ethical leaders.”
“Truly, I am honored to be your next dean, and I am grateful to everyone who played a role in the process that resulted in my appointment,” Bunton added. “I am eager to meet each of you and to understand your contributions to the College.”
Bunton is replacing Dean David Whillock, who is assuming a new role as assistant provost for the Academy of Tomorrow initiatives starting June 1.