David Perlmutter is the dean of the College of Media & Communication. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He served as a board member of the American Association of Political Consultants and sat on the National Law Enforcement Museum Advisory Committee for its media exhibit. He has been principal or co-principal investigator in multidisciplinary grants and internal funding proposals totaling about $800,000. He is a graduate of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Workshop.
From 2009 to 2013 he was director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a professor and a Starch Faculty Fellow, and International Programs Faculty Fellow at the University of Iowa. At the University of Kansas (2005-2009) he was a member of the University Press of Kansas Editorial Board Committee and graduated from the Senior Administrative Fellows Program. At Louisiana State University (1995-2005) he served as interim associate dean for graduate studies and research, led the political communication track, and won two faculty awards, including the main campus-wide award for research, teaching and service.
Perlmutter is the author or editor of 10 books on political communication and persuasion. He has written several dozen research articles for academic journals as well as more than 250 essays for U.S. and international newspapers and magazines. He writes a regular column, “Career Confidential,” for the Chronicle of Higher Education and blogs for CHE’s The Conversation. In 2010 he was elected to the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication Standing Committee on Research and is now chair. In August 2011, he began a three-year term on the AEJMC Finance Committee. Perlmutter has been interviewed by most major news networks and newspapers, from the New York Times to CNN, ABC and The Daily Show. He regularly speaks at industry, academic and government meetings, and runs workshops on personal and institutional branding via social media and on promotion and tenure in academia.