Donnerstein Steps Down as Dean of the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Edward Donnerstein is stepping down as dean of The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

UA Provost Meredith Hay expressed appreciation for Donnerstein's many years of service to the University.

"Ed Donnerstein has done a tremendous job of leading the largest and most diverse college at the University. His creative leadership has energized the college. His tenure has been marked by historic achievements, most recently the establishment of the Philosophy of Freedom Center, for which Ed helped raise $6.5 million in funding from donors. The entire University owes Ed a great debt of thanks for his contributions," Hay said.

UA President Robert N. Shelton praised Donnerstein for his success in increasing diversity in faculty hires and his prolific development activities, which have generated significant gift revenue for the college.

In accepting Dean Donnerstein's decision to return to the faculty effective July 1, 2009, Shelton said, "Most importantly, you have grown and nurtured academic programs that are among the very best in the nation. I thank you for your leadership."

Donnerstein has served as dean since September 1, 2002, and also is a professor of communication. His major research interests are in mass media violence, as well as mass media policy. He has published more than 250 scientific articles in these areas and serves on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals in both psychology and communication.

In June 2008, Donnerstein received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Media Psychology award given by the American Psychological Association. This award recognizes "outstanding empirical and/or theoretical contributions to the field of media psychology."

Donnerstein was a member of the American Psychological Association's Commission on Violence and Youth, and the APA's Task Force on Television and Society.

He served on a Surgeon General's panel on youth violence as well as the Advisory Council of the American Medical Association Alliance's violence prevention program, and is Past-President of the International Society for Research on Aggression. In addition, he was primary research site director for the National Cable Television Association's $3.5 million project on TV violence.

He has testified at numerous governmental hearings both in the United States and abroad regarding the effects and policy implications surrounding mass media violence and pornography, including testimony before the United States Senate on TV violence.

He has served as a member of the U.S. Surgeon General's Panel on Pornography and the National Academic of Sciences' Subpanel on Child Pornography and Child Abuse. He is regularly invited to make presentations dealing with issues of mass media violence and policy at national and internal conferences.