Tracy Dahlby, the Frank A. Bennack Jr. chair in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named director of the School of Journalism for a two-year term.
“Tracy’s appointment comes at a critical juncture in the School of Journalism’s history,” said Roderick P. Hart, dean of the university’s College of Communication, in a statement issued Monday.
The school’s six-year accreditation review is drawing near and important decisions need to be made about programming space in the Belo Center for New Media, so it is essential to have stability in the director’s position, Hart said.
The journalism school’s current director, Lorraine Branham, was named dean of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, effective July 1.
Hart said Dahlby understands the scholarly and professional sides of journalism education.
Dahlby joined the UT-Austin faculty in 2006 after three decades of working as an international affairs journalist. He spent 13 years living in Asia, where he was Tokyo bureau chief for Newsweek and The Washington Post.
In 1987, he became managing editor of Newsweek International in New York.
Dahlby was a contributor to National Geographic with stories about political, social and economic developments in Asia. His most recent book is “Allah’s Torch: A Report from Behind the Scenes in Asia’s War on Terror.”
Dahlby earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Washington in Seattle and his master’s degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University.