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Short-Thompson Appointed Dean for Raymond Walters College

UC alumnus Cady Short-Thompson, currently the chair of Northern Kentucky University's Communication department, will be the new dean at Raymond Walters College.

Date: 5/13/2010 4:00:00 PM
By: Ginny Hizer
Phone: (513) 745-5600

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UC’s Senior Vice President and Provost Anthony J. Perzigian has announced that Cady Short-Thompson, PhD, has been appointed dean for Raymond Walters College, effective July 1, 2010, pending approval by UC’s Board of Trustees. Short-Thompson, a lifelong Wyoming resident and University of Cincinnati alumna, currently serves as chair of the Communication Department for Northern Kentucky University.

“Dr. Short-Thompson rejoins the UC family at an exciting juncture as we strive to play an expanding leadership role in the University System of Ohio,” states Perzigian. “She will lead a college that is committed to high quality teaching and learning, as well as to the provision of high quality degree programs by a faculty actively engaged in their respective disciplines.”


He adds, “The search committee, which was chaired by Dean Victoria Montavon and assisted by Harris and Associates, was impressed with her academic and administrative accomplishments and saw her as a candidate with abundant energy and keen vision for the task at hand.”


Short-Thompson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from UC, then continued her studies at UC, earning a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1997. 


At NKU, she has distinguished herself as an outstanding professor and administrator, where she has been a member of the communication faculty since 1996. Short-Thompson served as the founding coordinator of the Public Relations major program from 2002-2004 and also as the founding Graduate Program Director of the university’s Master’s degree in Communication program from 2005-08.

In addition, Short-Thompson has served in numerous leadership roles, both for the university and the community, including: member of the Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation Board; Mayerson Student Philanthropic Project professor; Honors Course Program professor and advisor; member of the Public Engagement Realignment Task Force; participant in the Women's Institute for Leadership Development; member of NKU President Votruba's Vision, Values and Voices Team; four-year chair of the University-Community Partnership Grant Proposal Review Committee; chair of the College Curriculum Committee; elected member of the Faculty Senate; and member of the General Education Reform Design Team. Short-Thompson currently serves as the chair of the university-wide Graduate Council and is a member of the Council of Chairs.

Additionally, Short-Thompson has been honored with the Strongest Influence Award; two Spark Awards for Faculty Excellence; two Norse Leadership Society Awards; and named the 2004 Citizen of the Year for Wyoming, Ohio. In 2007, she received the Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor Award for excellent teaching, research, service and leadership at NKU. Her primary areas of academia are political campaign communication research, persuasion, gendered communication, and rhetorical criticism. She frequently serves as a political commentator and writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer and is co-authoring a textbook on the campaign communication of women in politics for Rowman & Littlefield.