Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., MBA

Director of Research, Publications, and Professional Advancement

Dr. Dane S. Claussen joined NCA as Director of Research, Publications and Professional Advancement in February 2023. He previously was a journalism/media or strategic communications professor at (in reverse chronological order) Semester at Sea/Institute for Shipboard Education, University of Idaho, Thiel College, Shanghai International Studies University, Point Park University and Missouri State University. Dane most often taught social science research methods, communication law, communication ethics, media management/economics, media history, and journalistic reporting/writing, but he also taught social media management, presentational literacy, media and society, media literacy, integrated marketing communications, public opinion, mass communication theory, writing the nonfiction book, and other courses. At Thiel College, where he was the James Pedas (full) Professor of Media, Communication, and Public Relations and department chair, Dane was course director of Presentational Literacy (an institution-wide required course) and redesigned the Communication Studies major/minor. At Point Park, where he also was full professor, Dane was the institution’s Faculty Development Coordinator and Graduate Council chair and directed a large M.A. program for nine years. In NCA, he has been involved in the Mass Communication Division and LGBTQ division and caucus, and is a former editorial board member for Communication Education. Dane is the former editor of Newspaper Research Journal (2017-21) and Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (2006-12), author or editor of four scholarly books, and author of more than 100 academic articles, book chapters, essays, book reviews and editorials. He is Copyeditor for the scholarly journal Online Media and Global Communication (Shanghai International Studies University/de Gruyter).In the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC), he has headed four divisions and an interest group and served on the Publications Committee, Teaching Committee, and Diversity Task Force. Dane holds a B.S. in journalism (Oregon), an M.S. (Kansas State) and a Ph.D. (Georgia) in mass communication, and an MBA (Chicago Booth). Before entering higher education full-time, he was editor and/or publisher of daily, weekly, biweekly and monthly newspapers and magazines in Wisconsin, Washington state and Oregon; managed a newspaper management consultants network; and was a broker/appraiser for print media companies for sale. Dane also has been Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and a marketer for a study abroad company. He has visited (or lived in) all 50 US states (48 of them more than once) and, since 2006, visited almost 50 other countries for work and/or tourism.