Joseph Weber, the Jerry and Karla Huse Professor of News-Editorial and an associate professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications, was named Graduate Chair by CoJMC Interim Dean Amy Struthers and Tim Carr, Interim Dean of University of Nebraska–Lincoln Grad Studies.
“I’m excited that Weber will take the helm of the college’s graduate program,” Struthers said. “His professional background and academic experience position him well to grow and expand our graduate offerings and provide exceptional service to our students.”
The CoJMC graduate program includes two master’s degrees, one in professional journalism and one in integrated marketing and communications. Additionally, the college offers a graduate certificate in public relations and social media. To provide flexibility to working professionals looking to advance their careers, courses in the programs are offered online and on campus.
Weber, who was named to the Grad Chair position on March 1, 2018, has been a member of the college’s graduate program and has been instrumental in spearheading a recent partnership with the College of Business to offer a second graduate certificate in financial communications. Pending approval by the University, the college hopes to launch this program in the fall of 2018.
“I’m looking forward to building on recent successes,” Weber said. “With our strong professional faculty and new partnerships on campus, we are ready to grow our program and plant our flag as a leading graduate program for journalists and communicators.”
Weber, who has taught at CoJMC since the fall of 2009, earned his bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Weber worked as a reporter for 35 years. During his 22-year stint at BusinessWeek, he served as Chief of Correspondents, overseeing the magazine’s domestic bureau system, after running bureaus in Chicago, Toronto and Philadelphia, and starting as a correspondent in Dallas. Earlier, he reported for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Dun’s Business Month in New York City and The Home News in New Brunswick, New Jersey.