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Zhou Named an Associate Dean at UA’s C&IS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dr. Shuhua Zhou has been named associate dean for graduate studies at The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Dr. Shuhua Zhou

Dr. Shuhua Zhou

“Dr. Zhou brings a dynamic strength to the office of graduate studies,” said Dr. Loy Singleton, dean of the College. “His experience, expertise and personality will help the program continue to be one of the most productive and highest ranked communication doctoral programs in the nation.”

Zhou will continue to be a professor of telecommunication and film in the College. He came to The University of Alabama in 1999 after earning his Master of Arts and doctorate from the School of Journalism at Indiana University.

He also holds a bachelor’s degree in tropical crops from the South China College of Tropical Crops (now Hainan University) and a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Jinan University.

His primary research area is human cognition of mediated messages. He engages in three areas of investigation involving the representation, utilization and manipulation of information.

Zhou studies the basic processes of cognition, including perception, attention and memory, as well as individual and situational differences in cognition.

Zhou is also known for his research in television news and international communication. He has published numerous articles in communication journals including: Media Psychology, Communication Research, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Advertising and Mass Communication & Society.

He has co-authored two edited volumes, “Continuity and change: Perspectives on journalism and mass communication education” with Dr. Zhong Xin at Renmin University of China and “Research Methods in Communication” with Dr. David Sloan at UA.

Zhou was recognized in 2007 by the Guangdong TV Artists’ Association as one of the 100 best TV hosts for his professional work as anchor and director of the English News program at Guangdong TV Station in Guangzhou, China, from 1988 to1993. He also lectured in many foreign universities, including in a position as Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and as an external examiner at a number of universities in Hong Kong.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.