LSU Names Martin Johnson Dean of the Manship School of Mass Communication
BATON ROUGE – LSU has named Professor Martin Johnson, the associate dean for graduate studies and research in the Manship School of Mass Communication and holder of the Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication as dean of the Manship School effective July 1.
LSU initiated the Manship School dean’s search in August 2017 after Dean Jerry Ceppos announced his retirement. In March, the search committee narrowed the candidate pool down to four finalists, who visited campus for interviews and open forums with students, faculty and staff.
“Dr. Johnson’s scholarly work coupled with his passion to advance mass communication education made him the ideal candidate at this critical junction for the Manship School,” said Rick Koubek, executive vice president and provost. “I look forward to working with him to advance the mission of the Manship School.”
The Manship School dean provides administrative oversight for all aspects of academic life within the school, including strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel development, academic programs, research enterprises and student enrollment. The dean also has primary responsibility for external initiatives that include community outreach and development. The dean will report to the executive vice president and provost and serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Manship School.
“What we do at the Manship School is essential and ripe with opportunities for students and scholars,” Johnson said. “We prepare students for jobs in strategic communication occupations that are growing faster than the overall economy and ethical, knowledgeable journalism stands at the breech in our democracy’s fight against fake news.”
Johnson holds the Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication. He studies media, politics, public opinion, political psychology and public policy. His book, “Changing Minds or Changing Channels: Partisan News in an Age of Choice” (2013, University of Chicago Press, with Kevin Arceneaux), uses novel experiments to investigate how the choices viewers make shape the influence of partisan news. It was co-winner of the 2014 Goldsmith Book Prize awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.
Before joining the faculty at LSU, he served as department chair and professor of political science at University of California, Riverside. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from the LSU Manship School. As an undergraduate student, Johnson was active in Student Media, serving as editor of The Daily Reveille, an announcer on KLSU and editor of the student magazine. He worked in journalism and politics and subsequently earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Rice University.
The Manship School of Mass Communication offers undergraduate education in journalism, public relations, digital advertising, and political communication, as well as the only graduate program in the U.S. in media and public affairs. The school oversees the innovative Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, the Media and Diversity Forum, state-of-the-art research labs, and student media. The school currently has a total of 34 full-time faculty and 21 full-time staff positions, along with approximately 500 undergraduate majors and 60 Masters and Ph.D. students. The school is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, or ACEJMC, which described the school as “in the ranks of the country’s strongest programs.”
For more information on the Manship School of Mass Communication, visit http://manship.lsu.edu.
Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations