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What was your previous position and where?I was an associate at the law firm of Kean, Miller, Hawthorne, D’armond, McCowan and Jarman, L.L.P.
What brought you to LSU?I served as an adjunct for three semesters before joining the faculty full time. I truly enjoyed watching students grow with the law. When the dean approached me about joining the faculty, it was an easy decision.
What is your research interest?My primary focus is media law – understanding the protections promised to the media and media responsibility in light of those promises. I also have been fortunate to work with colleagues in the Manship School on projects dealing with public opinion and media literacy.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?Too many to list! As a professor of a large general education class (800 students), I hope I give students a better understanding of mass media and its impact on society. As a graduate advisor, I hope I help students grow intellectually and achieve their educational goals. As a researcher, I hope I can explain some of the mysteries of mass communication.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?The school and the university’s commitment to excellence. The administration provides the resources we need to make teaching and research outstanding.
What are your major accomplishments?I hope the best accomplishments are still ahead of me. Professionally, I am most proud of the partnership between the school and Louisiana Public Television on “Louisiana Public Square.” I am honored to serve as the host for the award-winning show. It’s really a pleasure to work with the production staff at LPB and with Kirby Goidel and the team at LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab. The partnership has been a valuable teaching tool in my class and helped produce quality research that has been accepted in one of the top journals in our field.