Dr. Kimo Ah YunDr. Kimo Ah Yun is dean of the Diederich College of Communication.

“I’m pleased to have Dr. Ah Yun join Marquette’s leadership team as our dean of the Diederich College of Communication,” President Lovell said. “He is a thoughtful and progressive teacher, researcher and administrator, which positions him perfectly to move the college forward in new and innovative ways.”

Ah Yun was associate dean at Sacramento State from 1996 to 2012. Prior to that he was chair of the Department of Communication Studies and previously served as the director for the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning. An expert in interpersonal communication, instructional communication and social influence, Ah Yun is also a Sacramento State alumnus — he earned his bachelor’s degree in communication studies there. He received his master’s degree in speech from Kansas State University and his Ph.D. in communication from Michigan State University.

The recipient of numerous top research paper awards, Ah Yun has also been lauded for his teaching, having won the Outstanding Teaching Award in Sacramento State’s College of Arts and Letters, as well as the Lambda Pi Eta communication honor society’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

“The Diederich College of Communication has a long and storied history. It is a great honor to be given the opportunity to be the dean of such an accomplished college,” Ah Yun said. “I look forward to working with college faculty, students, staff and alumni to find new ways to connect the college to the community and enhance an already outstanding student experience.”

“The Diederich College of Communication has a solid foundation and substantial momentum from which to build,” Provost Dan Myers said. “With his innovative approach to teaching and curriculum design, and his deep leadership experience, Dr. Ah Yun is exactly the right person to take the college to the next level.”