Juan Mundel, a researcher with deep experience in Latin America and Europe and an expansive network at universities on both sides of the Atlantic, has been named director of Global Initiatives and associate professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He will assume the post on July 1.
Mundel replaces B. William Silcock, assistant dean and founder of Cronkite Global Initiatives who retired in December and John Misner, who has served as interim director of the program for the last six months.
“In a world with increased interdependence among nations, culture and media transcend borders,” said Mundel. “International programs are key for preparing students for a globalized world. I am thrilled to join Cronkite Global Initiatives and look forward to growing the school’s international footprint.”
Mundel, who is currently assistant professor of public relations and advertising at DePaul University in Chicago, has rich experience in business, teaching, marketing and research and has developed and led study abroad programs, conferences and workshops.
He will be responsible for expanding Cronkite’s international presence, securing grants and increasing international opportunities for both students and faculty.
“With deep roots in Latin America, Juan brings a different perspective and deep passion to Cronkite Global Initiatives,” said Silcock, who now serves on the emeritus faculty. “Juan’s personal touch with the students, staff and faculty ensures that Cronkite Global will continue to reach-and-teach one student at a time so all can feel included in this important work.”
Mundel holds a doctorate in Media and Information Studies from Michigan State University, a master’s in journalism and world languages from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s from Blas Pascal University in Argentina.
He has participated in more than 25 panels on topics ranging from brand awareness to product packaging to social media ads. He has secured multiple grants for his research in advertising, some of which is related to cultural identity and diversity.
Mundel’s most recent awards include Ph.Digital Bootcamp Fellowship, Texas State University and the Knight Foundation; Chicago Scholars’ 35 Under 35 Young Leaders Making an Impact in Chicago; 2019 AEJMC’s Minorities in Communication Division Poindexter Grant; and 2017 Excellence in Teaching Citation, Michigan State University.