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Northwestern School of Communication

Paul Arntson

Professor Emeritus
Paul Arntson

Paul Arntson is the founder of Northwestern’s Undergraduate Leadership Program and the co-founder of the Master of Science in Communication Program, which is dedicated to meeting the communication, leadership, and management needs of corporate executives and professionals. He has taught leadership and decision-making courses in the undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs. He is on the faculty of the Asset Based Community Development Institute with the Institute for Policy Research and a fellow at the Center for Communication and Medicine with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Arntson’s research interests include understanding communities, civic responsibility, and the connections between organizations. He has conducted research and training programs in British, Australian, and American primary care contexts, using self-help groups and neighborhood associations to help improve citizens’ decision-making competencies concerning their health and the well-being of their communities. Arntson previously held the Van Zelt Chair in Communication Research and the first Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professorship.


  • PhD Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin

Awards and Honors

  • 2000 Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Professor