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Communication Department

Dean Beckman, M.S.
Dean Beckman
Communication - Associate Professor, Department of Communication

(507) 457-1502

Dean Beckman is a tenured Assistant Professor of Social Science and Coordinator of Mass Communication. He has been a member of the Communication program since 2001 and coordinator since 2004.

Mr. Beckman has prior professional media experience in news, sports, sales, and public relations. He currently is a co-host of two sports talk shows on a local cable-access channel. One of the shows, "The Cardinals' Nest," is a half-hour program devoted exclusively to Saint Mary’s athletics. You can also hear Mr. Beckman doing play-by-play for some SMU basketball and hockey webcasts.

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Introduction to Media Communications
Reporting I
Principles of Public Relations
Reporting II
Public Relations Writing
Public Relations Research
Public Relations Case Studies

Professional Organizations
Member of the Public Relations Society of America – Educators' Academy

M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL, 1996
B.A., Winona State University, Winona, MN, 1993
A.A.S., Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA, 1990

Teaching Experience
2001 to Present: Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2001: Adjunct Professor, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1999: Adjunct Professor, Winona State University, MN

2002-2003: Nominee for Severin Award for Teaching Excellence
2004: Employee Recognition Award
2004, 2005: Videographer Award for HBC television program "The Sports Buzz"

Selected Presentations
"War of the Worlds: Perspectives from the 1938 radio scare." Winona County Historical Societ'’s "Food for Thought" series, July 2005

"Putting the Cap on Capstone: Integrating eFolios into a Capstone Experience." Lead session author/presenter at the 2005 eFolio Minnesota Summit Conference Program. Co-authors/presenters: Ms. Valerie Robeson, SMU student Amy Benz and SMU alum Katie Omdahl

"Myth Busters: Students' Use of Informational Interviews in Introductory Course." Lead session author/presenter at The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning November 2006 conference, Motivating Students for Better Retention, Learning and Achievement. Co-authors/presenters: Dr. Steve Schild and SMU students Amy Kalina and Maddie Smith

"Promoting Public Relations." Article published in the Spring 2004 edition of PR Educator

"Bad Apples Haven’t Spoiled Whole Barrel – Yet." Guest View published in the April 26, 2004 edition of the Winona Daily News

"The Value of a Strong PR Department." Letter-to-the-editor published in the Summer 2004 edition of Public Relations Strategist

"Defending the Industry in the Classroom." Article published in the Summer 2002 edition of PR Educator

"The Job of Journalists." Letter published in the July 29, 2002 Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper