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Our Faculty

Learn from experienced professionals, academic scholars and thought leaders.

Medill IMC faculty members reflect a mix of both industry professionals and academic scholars. They produce cutting-edge research, lead top marketing communications companies and develop innovative solutions to complex challenges. They consistently push the envelope in the field of marketing communications to find the most effectives strategies for engaging consumers—now and in the future.

At Medill, not only do you learn from these experienced thought leaders in the classroom, but they also become your mentors and supporters. In addition, you join their networks of marketing communications professionals who work all over the world.

Meet some IMC faculty members

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Vijay Viswanathan

Vijay Viswanathan
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of IMC

Viswanathan's research focuses on consumer decision making, especially in the realm of branding, pricing, cross-media consumption and social influence. His research has important implications for the economic impact of managerial decisions related to marketing communications.

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Frank Mulhern

Frank Mulhern
Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Executive Director of Academic Programs in San Francisco

Mulhern specializes in research on the economics of marketing, the impact of new media technologies on marketing communications and the measurement of advertising and promotion effects, particularly in retail environments.

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Michelle Weinberger

Michelle Weinberger
Associate Professor

Weinberger’s research takes a sociological approach to understanding consumers, stakeholders and marketplace actors. She studies socio-cultural aspects of consumption and the role of various forms of marketing communications in creating meaning for stakeholders.

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Danielle Robinson Bell
Assistant Professor

Bell’s area of expertise is strategic communications and its impact on business outcomes for organizations, brands and executives. She specializes in work that advances efforts related to culture, equity, inclusion, women and BIPOC in the workplace.

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Judy Franks
Assistant Professor

Franks had a 23-year career at Chicago’s leading ad agencies, where she rose to the executive ranks across both the media and creative strategy disciplines. She is author of “Media: From Chaos to Clarity,” a book that highlights Five Macro Forces that are reshaping the media ecosystem.

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Ernest Duplessis

Ernest Duplessis (IMC96)
Theodore R. and Annie Laurie Sills Professor

Duplessis was formerly senior vice president of corporate communications and government affairs at Mondelēz International. His career includes over 25 years of public relations, internal and external communications, investor relations and government affairs experience spanning corporate America and the U.S. Military.

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Kelly Cutler

Kelly Cutler
Lecturer and Director of IMC Professional Program

Cutler has more than 20 years of experience in digital marketing. She is the founder and CEO of Kona Company, a digital strategy firm. Prior to that, she co-founded and led a Chicago-based search engine marketing firm for 11 years. She began her career working for Classified Ventures, Cars.com and AOL.

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Nancy Hobor
Lecturer

Hobor has more than 30 years of experience helping companies strengthen their reputations and position themselves internally and externally. Within strategic communications, she has a passion for investor relations and employee engagement. Prior to Medill, Hobor was senior vice president for communications and investor relations at W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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Ed Malthouse

Ed Malthouse
Erastus Otis Haven Professor

Malthouse’s research interests center on media marketing, database marketing, advertising, new media and IMC. He develops statistical models and applies them to large data sets of consumer information to help managers make marketing decisions.

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Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden
Lecturer and Program Director for IMC Certificate Program

After receiving his law degree, Hayden began his career at The Leo Burnett Company. He worked at DDB Needham and then Bozell Worldwide, including 14 years as president of the company’s Chicago operations. He later became president and chief strategy officer at GreenHouse.

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