Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Hong Cheng, PhD, Named Dean of the School of Communication

March 25, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Hong Cheng, PhD, a scholar of international communication and mass media, has been appointed dean of the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago, effective July 1, 2019.

He comes to Loyola from the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he has served as professor and director since 2013.

Cheng’s research centers on international communication, cross-cultural advertising, and global social marketing. He has authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters and presented his work at conferences around the world. He has taught courses that span a range of topics from advertising to research methods. He coauthored (with Dr. Guofang Wan) Becoming a Media Savvy Student (2004) and also co-edited (with Dr. Kara Chan) Advertising and Chinese Society: Issues and Impacts (2009) and (with Dr. Philip Kotler and Ms. Nancy Lee) Social Marketing for Public Health: Global Trends and Success Stories (2011). He is the editor of The Handbook of International Advertising Research (2014).

Dr. Cheng joined VCU in 2013 from Ohio University, where he was professor in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. Before that, he was an associate professor at Bradley University. He holds a PhD in mass communications from Pennsylvania State University and an MA in international journalism from Shanghai International Studies University.

Dr. Cheng has deep international experience and has served on the faculty of universities on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. Currently, he is a chair professor of the School of Journalism and Communication at Xiamen University and leads VCU’s China Initiatives Team. Over the years, he has received a number of awards for teaching, research, and service.

We are grateful to John Slania for his steady leadership as interim dean and to the faculty, students, and staff of the School of Communication for their continued quality work during this transition. We extend our thanks to the members of the dean search committee and its chair, Nancy Tuchman, PhD, dean, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, for their work in filling this important position.

Please join all of us in welcoming Dr. Cheng to the Loyola University Chicago community.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division