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Dr. Ann Bainbridge Frymier named new director of the School of Communication Studies

Dr. Ann Bainbridge Frymier named new director of the School of Communication Studies

Ohio University Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth announces the appointment of Dr. Ann Bainbridge Frymier as director of the School of Communication Studies. Frymier brings more than 25 years of experience to this role, joining OHIO from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she is a professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, and a former associate dean of the graduate school. She also served as president of the Eastern Communication Association from 2002-2003.

“I am thrilled that Ann will be joining us as the next director of the School of Communication Studies,” Dean Titsworth said. “Ann has the sensibility to work collaboratively with faculty and students in the school to cultivate a vibrant academic community. She also has experiences that will help her understand the strategic directions necessary for success in a large public university. Both of those attributes will serve her well as she assumes this new role.”

Frymier serves on six editorial boards for leading journals in the field of communication and has published extensively. Her primary area of research is instructional communication. Much of her scholarship focuses on instructor communication behaviors such as humor, nonverbal immediacy, and clarity. 

“I’m looking forward to working with colleagues who value teaching and understand the importance of communication in effective teaching,” she said.

Frymier said her leadership and administrative roles have allowed her to develop administrative values focusing on equitable practices, respect for others, and transparent decision making. 

“There is always something that can be improved, made more efficient, or made more equitable,” she said. “The School of Communication Studies is strong in so many ways, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues to make it even stronger.”

Frymier will take over the director role from Dr. Claudia Hale, who currently serves the school as interim director.

“We are grateful to Claudia for filling the director position as we searched for a permanent replacement. Her leadership has been crucial to maintaining the national reputation of the Communication Studies program and its commitment to excellence,” Dean Titsworth said.

Frymier was selected after a national search. She will begin her work with Ohio University in August 2019.

For more information on the School of Communication Studies, visit ohiocommstudies.com.