About the College of Communication

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In the College of Communication (CCOM), we put our students and their success at the forefront of everything we do. As a dynamic and forward-thinking college, we seek to create an inclusive learning environment where we cultivate community on a daily basis. Our small class sizes and 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that the focus is always on you, the student, and your personal and professional development.


Meet Interim Dean Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh

Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh is the Interim Dean of the College of Communication and the Richard M. Fairbanks Professor of Communication. Before her appointment as Interim Dean, Dr. Geertsema-Sligh served as Director of the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media for five years. She joined Butler University in 2005 and has taught classes in news writing, gender and news, and global media. Dr. Geertsema-Sligh holds a doctorate in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Communication from Washington State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from North-West University in South Africa. She is a past chair of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and a past co-chair of the Gender and Communication section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. Her research has been published in several leading academic journals.

Mission & Value
  • We affirm communication as a basic human right with equity and inclusivity as our guide.
  • We commit to civil communication with dignity for all.
  • Our students learn to create socially responsible messages across communication contexts.
  • Our experiential approach ensures that graduates excel in their professions and post-graduate study.
  • Our strong grounding in liberal arts inspires graduates for civic engagement and leadership in their careers and communities.
DEI & Intercultural Development
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