Diana Carlin selected to lead graduate education at Saint Louis University

Professor, administrator has been at KU for 24 years

Diana Carlin, professor of communication studies and former dean of the Graduate School and International Programs, has been named associate vice president for graduate education at Saint Louis University.

Diana Carlin

Carlin has begun work at Saint Louis on an intermittent basis and will start full time June 1. In the new role, Carlin will oversee graduate education and hold a tenured faculty position in the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences.

A faculty member at KU since 1987, Carlin’s research focuses on political communication, debates, women in politics, speech writing and public sphere. She formed Debate Watch, a national research project focusing on presidential debates in 1996. She served on the advisory board of the Commission on Presidential Debates for 13 years.

From 2000 to 2007, Carlin was dean of the Graduate School and International Programs. As dean, she helped graduate certificate programs and started the Global Awareness Program, which won a NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education — best practices award. KU also won a Paul Simon Award for campus internationalization, which was initiated by International Programs while Carlin was dean.

Her international experience continued in 2007-08 when she was dean in residence and director of international outreach at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C. She has worked for the U.S. State Department and nongovernment entities to educate and encourage citizens and candidates to take part in debates in Russia, Moldova, Benin, Belarus and Georgia.

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