Dean Mills "is professor and dean of the Missouri School of Journalism. Mills began his academic career at the University of Illinois, where he completed a doctorate in communications in 1981. Before coming to Missouri in 1989, he served as director of the Pennsylvania State University's School of Journalism and then as coordinator of graduate study in communications at California State University, Fullerton. Mills' research has focused on journalism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, journalism ethics, reporting techniques, new media technologies and the coverage of diversity and minority issues in U.S. media.
"His most recent projects are a Ford Foundation study on race and the news and a forthcoming book on cross-cultural journalism that he is co-editing with J-School colleagues Fritz Cropp and Cynthia Frisby. Before entering academia, Mills worked as a professional journalist. He became Moscow Bureau Chief for the Baltimore Sun in 1969, after earning an M.A. in journalism at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Russian and journalism at the University of Iowa. From 1972 to 1975 he was a Sun correspondent in Washington, D.C., where he covered the Watergate scandal, the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision." 
He is on the executive committee of the Committee of Concerned Journalists.
- Media and Democracy Commission, American Institutions of Democracy
- "Biography", Accessed December 2006.