Fairfield University Appoints One of Nation’s Most Published Communication Researchers as New Department Chair

Fairfield University Appoints One of Nation’s Most Published Communication Researchers as New Department Chair

Sean M. Horan, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication and Department Chair

Sean M. Horan, PhD, will begin his tenure in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences in fall 2018.

It is a truly exciting moment for the College’s Communication Department, as Dr. Horan’s leadership and vision help us take the program to national prominence.

— Richard Greenwald, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences Dean

Fairfield University is pleased to announce that Sean. M. Horan, PhD, has been appointed the new chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Communication Department.

Dr. Horan, who was impressively identified as the fifth most published communication researcher between the years of 2012-2016, and the 21st most central communication scholar from 2007-2011, will begin his tenure in the fall of 2018.

“Sean is one of the nation’s leading communication scholars, and we are so pleased to have him join the College of Arts and Sciences as an associate professor and chair,” said Richard Greenwald, PhD, dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. “It is a truly exciting moment for the College’s Communication Department, as Dr. Horan’s leadership and vision help us take the program to national prominence.” 

Dr. Horan received his BA and MA from Texas State University, and his PhD from West Virginia University. Prior to his most recent position as an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University in San Marcos, he taught as an assistant professor in the College of Communication at DePaul University in Chicago.

Dr. Horan’s research primarily examines deceptive affection – how and why people use affection deceptively through lies and/or withholding information - and his current research interests explore the fascinating communicative implications of workplace romance, a unique situation where work and life domains are blended.

Dr. Horan is the author of a monthly series for Psychology Today titled “Adventures in Dating,” described as a savvy guide to courtship and communication. His original research has been the subject of various national and international media stories and has been featured in the Times of IndiaAxapneε (Greece), Africa News Post, Fox News, Quo (Spain and Mexico), and Men’s Health, among others. Likewise, his expert commentary has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, CNN, The Washington Post, and the New York Daily News.

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