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John Sloop


Dean SloopJohn M. Sloop was named interim dean of the College of Arts and Science in May 2014 after serving as senior associate dean for faculty, where he was responsible for faculty appointments, reappointments, promotions and leave requests. From 2007-2011, he served as senior associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs for the college. He is also professor of communication studies in the Department of Communication Studies.

Sloop’s scholarship and teaching explore the rhetoric of mass media and popular culture, as well as mass media production and consumption. His recent research has addressed issues of gender, immigration, citizenship and mediation.

He is the author or co-author of five books, including Disciplining Gender: Rhetorics of Sex Identity in Contemporary U.S. Culture and Shifting Borders: Rhetoric, Immigration, and California’s "Proposition 187,” which was named the 2004 book of the year by the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association. His 1995 essay, “The Critique of Vernacular Discourse,” was honored by the National Communication Association in 2008 as a work that continues to be influential in the communication field. He has served on the editorial boards of various journals, and is a past editor of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.

Sloop joined the College of Arts and Science in 1995 as assistant professor of communication studies and was promoted to professor in 2000. In that same year, he was awarded Vanderbilt’s Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Classroom Teaching. In his Vanderbilt career, he has served on committees for student organizations as well as for university affairs. Most recently, he was named to the executive committee for Vanderbilt’s strategic planning committee and co-chaired the Chancellor’s Committee on Social Media. Sloop has also been a fellow and seminar leader for the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.

Sloop earned his bachelor's degree in media/advertising from Appalachian State University before earning his master of arts in speech communication from the University of Georgia. He received his doctorate in communication studies from the University of Iowa and was an assistant professor of rhetoric and communication studies at Drake University before coming to Vanderbilt.

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