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March 18, 2014

New Senior Appointments At Northwestern University In Qatar

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(L to R) Dean Everette E. Dennis welcomesErskine-Loftus and Schoenbach as directors of the university's museum and installatioA renowned scholar and a leading museum professional have joined the leadership of Northwestern University in Qatar, the university announced. Pamela Erskine-Loftus and Klaus Schoenbach will direct the NU-Q gallery and museum, and research program, respectively.

A museum professional with more than 15 years of experience in the Gulf and US, Erskine-Loftus will apply her experience establishing new museums to NU-Q’s long-planned exhibition space, which will showcase the past, present and future of media and communications with global and Middle Eastern emphasis.

A world-renowned scholar and leader in communication, media studies and journalism, Schoenbach will head NU-Q’s burgeoning research program. Noted for his leadership at the University of Vienna where he was the chairman of the world’s second largest Department of Communication, Schoenbach was previously chair of General Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, BBDO Chair of Media Studies and vice president of Zeppelin University at Friedrichshafen, Germany and professor of Applied Communication Research at the University of Munich, among other appointments. He also spent more than a year as a visiting professor at US universities, such as Indiana University and University of Texas Austin.

Erskine-Loftus received a certificate in arts administration from New York University, a master’s in museum studies from the University of Leicester and a PhD in Arabian Peninsula Museology from Newcastle University.Active in scholarly and professional museum associations, she has published a number of papers and has presented at major conferences.

Schoenbach received his PhD in mass communication from the University of Mainz, Germany. His Habilitation in journalism and mass communication —an academic qualification beyond a PhD —is from the University of Muenster, Germany.

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