Dr. Stanley T. Wearden
Professor of Mass Communications
B.A., Wheeling Jesuit University; M.S., West Virginia University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D., has been senior vice president and provost at Columbia College Chicago since July 1, 2014. During this time, he has led a highly inclusive and ambitious strategic plan development and implementation process. Working closely with deans, chairs, and faculty, Wearden has led a broad curricular re-visioning process that has resulted in development of Universal Learning Outcomes; sweeping changes to the Columbia Core curriculum to connect learning to the City of Chicago, to create curricular pathways, and to make the curriculum more relevant to students; and changes to all major curricula to make them more current, relevant, and intentional. Wearden also has led the development and staffing of an Office of the Registrar, a Global Education Office, a Digital Learning Office, a comprehensive program in faculty professional development, an Academic Services Office to centralize and improve advising and tutoring, and an Academic Personnel Office. In partnership with the president, Wearden created the position of dean of academic diversity, equity, and inclusion and co-led the engagement of the entire college leadership and all faculty and staff in a year-long series of intensive, two-day Undoing Racism workshops.
From 2009 to 2014, Wearden served as dean of the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. As dean, Wearden used a combination of development efforts and careful fiscal management to double the space for the School of Library and Information Sciences (now the School of Information) and to create state-of-the-art learning facilities. He created a student-operated integrated marketing communication firm, IdeaBase, in off-campus commercial space; six fully online master's degree programs; and a college-wide integrative Ph.D. program. In addition, Wearden led a large increase in international enrollment and study abroad.
Prior to serving as dean, Wearden served as director of the Kent State University School of Communication Studies from 2004 to 2009, where he created a new major in Applied Communication, which helped increase the school's undergraduate enrollment by 80 percent in four years.
For 20 years, Wearden taught Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, and he has held the rank of professor with tenure in Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication and School of Communication Studies, and in Columbia College Chicago's Communication Department.
Wearden has published many research articles, including investigations of television news accuracy, portrayals of women in advertising, the role of minorities in college media, internet credibility, and the use of tablet devices for news delivery. He received two large research challenge grants from the Ohio Board of Regents. Wearden also chaired Kent State's Institutional Review Board for four years.
His teaching and course development has included Mass Communication Theory, Media Power and Culture, Social Role of Media, Ethics in Mass Communication, Research Methods, Precision Journalism, News Writing, and Reporting Practices. In 2002 he received Kent State University's Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor the university awards for teaching.
Wearden earned a B.A. in English from Wheeling Jesuit University (formerly Wheeling College), a Master of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.