Professor Mohan Dutta has taken over from Associate Professor Milagros Rivera as the Head of Department of CNM with effect from 1 July 2012.
Prior to this, Professor Dutta was Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Education in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University. He also served as a Service Learning Fellow and a fellow of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy in Purdue.
Professor Dutta is acknowledged as one of the most prolific scholars in health communication internationally. He teaches and conducts research in international health communication, critical cultural theory, poverty in healthcare, health activism in globalisation politics, indigenous cosmologies of health, subaltern studies and dialogue, and public policy and social change. Currently, he serves as Senior Editor of the journal Health Communication and sits on the editorial board of seven journals.
Concurrently, Professor Dutta will also establish the Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) within CNM for research in health communication and social change in Asia, and serve as its Director.
Meanwhile, Dr. Millie is looking forward to becoming a “civilian professor” after serving as Head for eight years. During her term, she transformed the Information and Communications Management programme into the interdisciplinary Communications and New Media, with a unique curriculum in Asia. Subsequently CNM was upgraded by the university to a full-fledged department, with one of the largest enrollments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
She also pushed the envelope by introducing an internship programme with academic credit and hiring full-time teaching assistants to cater to the large cohorts of students.
For all these efforts, the 2012 QS World University Rankings by Subject has recognised CNM as the third top department worldwide in the discipline of Communication and Media Studies.