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Bonnie BrownleeBonnie Brownlee

Chair, IU Journalism

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Bonnie J. Brownlee is chair of the journalism department at The Media School, a post she assumed July 1. Previously, she had served as associate professor, senior associate dean and associate dean of undergraduate studies at the School of Journalism.
She has taught courses ranging from grammar and mechanics to magazine editing to reporting in international settings. She has been involved in the internationalization of the school’s journalism curriculum, and has taught a course on media in Latin America, which took students to Santiago, Chile, for research.
Much of Brownlee’s work has been in service to the journalism program and to IU. As associate dean, she served on committees dealing with the campus general education program, both journalism and campus accreditation, and a campus strategic plan. She has been an elected member of the campus and university faculty councils and the Bloomington Faculty Council’s agenda committee. For 10 years, she chaired the campus grievance committee, and she has long been a member of the university’s Overseas Study Advisory Council.
Brownlee also has served journalism education through other organizations. She has been an active member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, where she chaired the International Division and served on the Teaching Committee for three years.
For the last 12 years, she has been a member of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s accrediting teams, working with 10 journalism programs in the United States. In addition, she twice served on site teams reviewing programs in the United Arab Emirates.
Brownlee is co-author (with Dave Weaver, Cleve Wilhoit, Randy Beam and Paul Voakes) of The American Journalist in the 21st Century, which surveyed journalists for their opinions about their professions and the journalism industry.
In 1987, she was awarded the first Gretchen Kemp Teaching Fellowship. In 2001, she was one of four IU faculty selected to participate in the Council of Independent College’s Academic Leadership Program.