Annenberg School Dedicates Portraits of Former Deans

Dean Portraits at Annenberg School for Communication ASC UPenn

On October 4, the Annenberg School dedicated portraits to the School's former Deans: Gilbert Seldes, George Gerbner, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

The portraits were taken by Annenberg School alumna Mary Ellen Mark, who achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions, and editorial magazine work. She is a contributing photographer to The New Yorker and has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair.

Annenberg School Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini noted, "We are very fortunate to have three additional works by Mary Ellen Mark to display; as a tribute to our former Deans, who worked so hard to create a successful, enduring future of the Annenberg School, as we approach our 50th Anniversary."

The portraits were installed on the third floor of the Annenberg School.

Gilbert Seldes served as Dean of the Annenberg School from 1959 to 1963. Under the leadership of Gilbert Seldes, the School’s curriculum focused on the techniques and creative processes of communications, as well as the organization and interrelation of the mass media, its relationship to society and culture, as well as its problems and responsibilities. Courses consisted of production workshops, traditional lectures, and courses in other departments. In the founding years of the school, graduate students were also required to keep individual journals on topics in the field, and to be active members of the community, contributing regularly to community publications such as University City News. Dean Seldes taught courses on the mass media and the public. He represented the School in printed materials about the School, and at major events, including the dedication of the Annenberg School building in 1962.

George Gerbner served as the School's Dean from 1964 to 1989. During his years as Dean, Dr. Gerbner spearheaded efforts to make the Annenberg School a national leader in Communication research. He expanded the School's academic reputation, developing the school's Ph.D. and undergraduate degree programs. He built a world-class faculty, renowned for their research and teaching. Dr. Gerbner made significant and lasting contributions to the Communication field. In the 1970s, Gerbner implemented the Cultural Indicators Project. Through the project, Gerbner and his colleagues conducted an in-depth study of television content and its effect on Americans. Along with his work as dean, teacher and researcher, Dr. Gerbner served as Editor and Executive Editor of the Journal of Communication, and was instrumental in establishing it as an internationally renowned publication.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. An expert on political campaigns, Dr. Jamieson has received numerous teaching and service awards including the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award. She is the recipient of many fellowships and grants including support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Ford Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, and The Carnegie Corporation of New York. Dr. Jamieson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. She is the author, co author or editor of fifteen books including: The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics (Cambridge, 2004); The Press Effect (Oxford, 2003); Everything You Think You Know About Politics...and Why You’re Wrong (Basic Books, 2000); Dirty Politics: Deception, Distraction and Democracy (Oxford, 1992); Beyond the Double Bind: Women and Leadership (Oxford, 1995); and Spiral of Cynicism: Press and Public Good (Oxford, 1997). She received the Speech Communication Association's Golden Anniversary Book Award for Packaging the Presidency (Oxford, 1984) and the Winans Wichelns Book Award for Eloquence in an Electronic Age (Oxford, 1988). During the 2004 general election, Jamieson regularly appeared on NOW with Bill Moyer and The NewsHour.