Lindenfeld Named Finalist for Scripps Howard Fund Administrator of the Year Award

Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the School of Communication and Journalism (SoCJ) and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science, is the finalist for the Scripps Howard Fund’s Administrator of the Year award.

A panel composed primarily of journalism and communication educators from around the country select the winner and finalist of the award, which is given in collaboration with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The award recognizes a winner and one finalist for their excellence in leadership of journalism and communication programs.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Laura. Our School of Communication and Journalism is thriving at Stony Brook under her leadership. I am so pleased to see her recognized with this prestigious award,” said Carl Lejuez, provost and executive vice president.

Lindenfeld became interim dean of the SoCJ in 2019; after a unanimous vote of support from the school’s faculty, she was appointed to the permanent position in 2020. 

Under her leadership, the SoCJ has launched five degree programs, increased its student enrollments by more than a third, reduced the amount of time it takes students to earn their degrees by 10 percent, and increased faculty research productivity by 80 percent. She oversaw the renaming of the school and led efforts to win re-accreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications for the undergraduate journalism program.

A group of faculty from the SoCJ nominated Lindenfeld for the award.

“Laura has led transformational change and inspired a new culture of excellence and engagement within our School, including doubling the size of our tenure-stream faculty, no small feat in a highly constrained fiscal environment,” the nominators’ letter said. “A collaborative ethos pervades the School and its place within Stony Brook. We are constantly building and strengthening partnerships to support scholarship and student learning, and to foster a culture that values effective communication at a STEM- and health-focused university.”

“As researchers, we want our scholarship to have a positive impact on society,” it said. “In the same way, Laura encourages us to ensure that we, and our students, are fully engaged with industry.”

The Scripps Howard Fund’s 2023 Administrator of the Year and Teacher of the Year recipients provide students with innovative ways to get real-world experience in the industry. The Fund recognizes the winners and finalists as part of the Scripps Howard Awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious American journalism competitions.

“For the past five years, it has been my joy and my honor to lead the SoCJ and the Alda Center,” said Lindenfeld. “These two organizations have a critical role to play in bridging science and society through effective, engaging communication, and in helping to create a fairer, more just, more rational world. I am truly honored by this recognition, and proud to be working alongside the incredible people at the SoCJ and Alda Center, and across the Stony Brook community.”

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