Rick D. Pullen, Dean, College of Communications
California State University, Fullerton
Rick Pullen was named dean of the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, in 1995. Prior to that, he served as associate dean for four years and as a professor in the Department of Communications for 18 years.
Dr. Pullen's expertise lies in the areas of mass communications law, ethics and journalism. He is the author of one and co-author of two media law books. He is the original co-author of the national textbook, Major Principles of Media Law, and of the California textbook, Media Law in California. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 papers or journal articles. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at national, regional and statewide conferences and workshops as well as for various community groups.
Dr. Pullen has received multiple awards and honors. Most recently, he received the 2009 Sky Dunlap award for "lifetime achievement in journalism" from the Orange County Press Club. Previously, he was named the 2008 Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Linfield College in Oregon. Also, he was named the Journalism Professor of the Year by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and was honored by the Journalism Association of Community College and the Southern California Journalism Education Association for his support and involvement in community college and high school journalism education. In addition, the Nguoi Viet Daily News in Little Saigon recognized him for his support in the development of community and ethnic journalism.
Dr. Pullen is on the board of directors for the California First Amendment Coalition and served for six years on the national Ethics Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists. He also serves on the board of directors of the Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings.
Dr. Pullen has built strong international relationships with faculty and administrators in China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada and England. He has traveled extensively and was a co-leader of a tour to the Middle East.
Dr. Pullen received his Ph.D. in journalism from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He is married and has three children. His son, Dr. Reid Pullen, is an endodontist; his daughter, Dr. Melinda Pierson, is a professor and chair of the Department of Special Education at Cal State Fullerton, and his daughter Erica Howell, is an assistant professor of special education at Cal State Fullerton.