Dean, College of Communication & Information Sciences The University of Alabama
Dr. Nelson joined the University of Alabama in 1991 as a faculty member in the Communication Studies Department. He served as Associate Dean for the College of Communication & Information Sciences from 1996-2006. In September 2006, Dr. Nelson accepted the position of Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs. From July 2007 to October 2008, he served as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost. In October 2008, he became Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost and served in that position until July, 2014 when he accepted his current position as Dean of the College of Communication & Information Sciences.
Dr. Nelson provides consulting services for numerous organizations and governmental agencies throughout the Southeast. His training repertoire includes such topics as Public Speaking, Listening, Interpersonal and Group Dynamics, Leadership Development and Team building. His research interests include leadership, interpersonal communication competence, communication education and diversity. He is the co-author of the book Applied Organizational Communication and has authored numerous papers for publication and presentation at national and regional conferences. Dr. Nelson has received several awards including The University of Alabama Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, The Knox Hagood Outstanding Faculty Member in Communication, The C&IS Board of Visitors Award for Teaching Excellence, The College of Continuing Studies Teaching Excellence Award, The John Blackburn Outstanding University Advisor Award, The Lambda Pi Eta National Advisor of the Year Award, and the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha Outstanding Alumnus Award. Most recently, he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in recognition of excellence of character and service to humanity.
Twitter: @DeanMarkNelson and @UACCIS