Keith Hearit

Keith M. Hearit
Associate Dean
Office: (269) 387-4360
Location
2304 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5308
Mailing address
College of Arts and Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5308 USA
Education
Ph.D., Public Affairs and Issue Management, Purdue University, 1992
M.A., Interpersonal and Public Communication, Central Michigan University, 1988
B.A., Interpersonal and Public Communication, Central Michigan University, 1986
Research interests
  • Noncommercial forms of external organizational communication by political actors, corporations and institutions
Bio

Dr. Keith Hearit is associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University.

His research focuses on noncommercial forms of external organizational communication by political actors, corporations and institutions, particularly in those instances when they are accused of wrongdoing. In addition to publishing over 20 articles and book chapters, Dr. Hearit has authored one book, Crisis Management by Apology: Corporate Response to Allegations of Wrongdoing (2006), and has a second book in progress.

Hearit came to WMU in 1992 as a faculty member in the School of Communication, and has served as associate dean and dean of the Lee Honors College (2006-09) and vice provost for enrollment management (2007-12). He has served on a variety of committees including the:

  • Undergraduate Studies Council
  • College of Arts and Sciences Assessment Committee
  • College of Arts and Sciences Promotion Committee
  • Medallion Scholarship Committee
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association Recertification Committee
  • Faculty Senate

Hearit received the college Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching in 2003. During the 2013-14 academic year, Hearit was selected to serve as a Fellow of the American Council on Education and was placed with the chancellor of Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis.