Jean Folkerts is former dean and alumni distinguished professor emeritus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Kansas and a B.A. and M.S. in Journalism from Kansas State University. Prior to her role at UNC, Folkerts was director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, professor of honors, associate vice president for special academic initiatives, and interim dean of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at The George Washington University. Recently she served as Interim Director at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State University. In 2001, she was selected as a Kansan of Distinction in journalism and media by The Topeka Capital-Journal.