Jerold Hale has been named the new dean of the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Hale comes to the College of Charleston after spending the past two years as dean of the College of Arts, Science and Letters at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

“We are very excited about having Dr. Hale join our dean leadership team. We look forward to the leadership he will provide in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences,” says College of Charleston Provost George Hynd. “Dr. Hale has had outstanding experience as a department chair and now as dean. His experience in building and advocating for faculty, developing academic programs and fundraising will serve him and the institution well.”
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Prior to his appointment at the University of Michigan/Dearborn, Hale spent 19 years as a member of the faculty in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Georgia, including three three-year terms as chair of the Department of Speech Communication.

Before joining the University of Georgia in 1991, Hale served as associate professor, chief advisor and assistant to the chair of the Department of Communication at Miami University, and as a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University, and assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Hale, who earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in communication at Michigan State University, has published many articles, book chapters, papers and essays on a wide range of issues in communication and social influence and interpersonal communication.

He will begin work at the College of Charleston on July 1, 2013.