Dean’s Goals & Initiatives

  • Improve Physical Facilities
  • Enhance and Build Community Among Faculty, Staff, Students, Patrons, and Public
  • Strengthen Administration and Develop Leadership Among Academic Units

Name: Ed Adams
Title: Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications and Professor, BYU School of Communications
Emphasis: Administration
Office: A-501 HFAC
Phone: (801) 422-1221

Whether you are an artist, communicator, creator, educator, patron or scholar you will find excellence throughout the college. The awards and recognition are too numerous to list and can be found within the individual academic units.

– Ed Adams

Ed Adams is Dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications. The academic units of the college include Art, Communications, Dance, Design, Music and Theatre and Media Arts. There are two interdisciplinary programs in Animation and Music Dance Theatre, and the Museum of Art is located within the college. More than 200 faculty and staff are employed by the college, which has an enrollment of 3,700 majors. The college puts on more than 500 performances a year.

Prior to his appointment as Dean, Adams was Director of the BYU School of Communications. At the time, the School was the 17th largest accredited communications program in the United States. As of 2014, it was the second largest program at BYU with 1,350 majors and pre-majors. The school includes emphases in advertising, public relations and news media. The lab operations include the BYU Ad Lab, the Bradley Public Relations Agency, KBYU Eleven News, the Universe and the Digital Universe. Also during Adams’ time as Dean, the public relations program was recognized as a Top-Five program in America by PRWeek magazine, the advertising program won all five major collegiate advertising awards and the newscast was selected as the best student newscast in the nation. 2014 represented the largest fundraising year in the history of the department. Major progress was also made on diversity initiatives, including a progressive study abroad program in New Zealand emphasizing the intersection of diverse cultures and the media.

Between 2008 and 2011, Adams served as Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communications. His responsibilities included faculty hiring, rank and status, faculty leaves and load, professional development, grants, research and creative activities, space and resource reallocation and personnel issues. He shared the duties of alumni relations, graduate programs and resource planning with the other deans. He sat on many university committees, including the student ratings task force and the assessment and deeper learning task committee. During this time, he was instrumental in establishing the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration.

Between 2003 and 2008, Adams served as chair of the BYU Department of Communications. During this tenure, he oversaw the department’s move to the Brimhall Building. He worked to integrate the Daily Universe back into the curriculum and to run the Daily News Show on KBYU. In 2005, the AdLab was created, and in 2008, the Rulon Bradley Agency was moved from being student agency to a fully integrated public relations agency. Through the establishment of a new research center and good faculty hires, research productivity doubled during these years. Teaching ratings also improved.

As a scholar, he has published more than 50 articles as peer-reviewed articles, reviews, book chapters and biographical encyclopedia entries. His scholarly work focuses primarily on the business history of media. His articles have appeared in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journalism History, American Journalism, and Public Relations Review. He serves on the editorial board of the journals Media History Monographs and Journalism History.

Awards and Recognition:
Adams was a recipient of the Brigham Young University’s Young Scholar Award (2002), the first edition of Who’s Who Among the Media and Communications (1998) and the Kreighbaum Award (1998) from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), an annual award presented to an outstanding journalism and mass communication educator in the nation under 40 years old, which is one of the association’s highest honors.

Prior to his arrival at BYU, Adams taught at universities in Texas and Ohio. His professional experience also includes a position as administrative director of a magazine publishing company in Phoenix, Arizona.

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