Juan-Carlos Molleda named dean of the School of Journalism and Communication

Juan-Carlos MolladaApril 28, 2016


The University of Oregon is pleased to introduce Juan-Carlos Molleda as the new Edwin L. Artzt Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). He is coming to the UO from the University of Florida, where he is a professor and chair of the Department of Public Relations. Molleda will start in Eugene on July 1.

With impeccable academic credentials, Molleda’s commitment to experiential learning, desire to expand doctoral programs, and experience with strategic planning made him an incredible fit for the SOJC and the University of Oregon.

At the University of Florida, Molleda directs an online master’s degree program in public relations and communications management that helps students acquire broader critical thinking abilities, bolster creativity, and develop stronger communication, leadership, and business skills. In addition to his work in the Department of Public Relations, Molleda is also an affiliate faculty member of the UF Center for Latin American Studies and a Fulbright senior specialist.

Molleda’s research interests are in global corporate public relations management, public relations practices and regulations, and social roles in Latin America. He has introduced to the international academic community the concept and theory of cross-national conflict and the social roles of public relations in Latin America. He also is active in the professional community—currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Public Relations and a founding member of its Commission on Global Public Relations Research. He serves as Latin American liaison of the Public Relations Society of America’s Certification in Education for Public Relations and a board member of the LAGRANT Foundation.

We expect that Molleda’s wealth of experience internationally will significantly expand the global reach of the college and dramatically enhance learning opportunities for our SOJC students as the journalism and communications fields continue to rapidly evolve.

I want to thank Julianne Newton for her service as interim dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. Her leadership of the school has been an incredible contribution since November 2013.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Juan-Carlos Molleda.


Scott Coltrane
Provost and Senior Vice President