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Daniel Gruber is an Assistant Professor at Medill. He is also an Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations in the Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy). Before joining the Northwestern faculty in 2009, Gruber completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Gruber's research advances organization theory by offering a unique perspective studying news organizations, the media industry and integrated marketing communications to conduct research on sensemaking, disintermediation and managing the unexpected. His research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Organization Science, Business Horizons, the Journal of Management Inquiry and the International Journal of Sport Communication.
Gruber has been invited to present his research at conferences held at the University of California Davis, Washington University in St. Louis (Olin) and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). He has also been a consistent presenter and organizer of symposia at the annual Academy of Management conference over the last decade.
Gruber's teaching centers on strategic communications, organizational change and media management. He has developed and taught Medill IMC courses for undergraduate, graduate and online programs. Additionally, Gruber teaches media classes to graduate students in the Kellogg School of Management and the School of Communication at Northwestern.
Gruber has won teaching awards at Northwestern and the University of Michigan. From 2010-2012, Gruber created and led a Mentoring Project across the interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate Medill classes that he was teaching. It was supported by grants from the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching and Procter and Gamble’s Higher Education Grant Fund.
Most recently, Gruber received a Digital/Online Grant from the Office of the Provost and Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup at Northwestern to pilot a teaching technology platform called Yellowdig. After a successful trial in three of Gruber's Medill classes, Yellowdig was piloted across the University, reported on in Inside Higher Ed and grew into a three-year strategic partnership.
Gruber spoke about his experiences with Digital/Online teaching at Northwestern for the 2015 International Innovation in Education Conference in Mexico City. He was featured in a video produced by Instructure, the company behind Northwestern’s learning management system, as part of a keynote at their annual national conference, InstructureCon, in 2016 (video below).
Gruber co-created and co-organizes an Innovation in Teaching Series at Northwestern, which is held at The Garage, the University-wide space dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship. The series showcases educational developments on campus, builds community around teaching innovation and is sponsored by The Office of the Provost and The Garage for 2016-2017.
Gruber is a member of the Academy of Management, the professional association for management scholars, and Page Up, an organization for communication scholars and professionals. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University (BSBA) and a dual master’s degree in industrial and labor relations and management at Cornell University (MILR/MBA). Prior to his graduate studies, Gruber worked for media and financial services companies.