Board of Regents Selects Manship School Professor to Advance Educational Access Program

December 9, 2019

Photo: Dr. David StampsBaton Rouge, LA – The LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s David Stamps, Ph.D., has been selected to participate in the Louisiana Board of Regents’ LOUIS (Louisiana Library Network) Business and Communications Open Educational Resources Commons Faculty Cohort Program. With this award, Stamps will create syllabi for open source text, peer review textbook and media for use in classrooms, and support the initiative to remove financial barriers for college students regarding access to class materials and textbook affordability. The Louisiana Library Network, a program of the Louisiana Board of Regents, chose six faculty from across the state to participate in the first cohort and each will meet regularly to build a coalition of educators aimed at supporting equity and inclusion within academia.

This opportunity was awarded to only 6 faculty members across the state and works to create an environment of support and shared learning for faculty interested in exploring Open Educational Resources. Open educational resources are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media and other digital assets that are useful for teaching as well as for research purposes within academic settings.

Stamps’ proposal highlights how “programs of this nature demonstrate a real commitment to supporting first-generation, underrepresented, and non-traditional student populations across the state, and this goal will always be prominent throughout my tenure as an educator.”

“Dr. Stamps is a tremendous asset to LSU’s Manship School and to our state. He is deeply dedicated to broadening the accessibility of communication education, and we are proud to see his work recognized on this platform,” Martin Johnson, dean of LSU’s Manship School, said.

Stamps joined the Manship School’s faculty in fall 2019 after working for years in field publicity and public relations for NBC Universal and other media companies and non-profit organizations. Stamps completed a Ph.D. in communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USCB). He holds a master’s degree in mass communication from California State University Northridge (CSUN) and a bachelor’s degree in media management from Columbia College Chicago. Stamps’ research interests focus on exploring race-related media effects and stereotyping of marginalized groups within mass and entertainment media. He research appears across several academic journals and books including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Howard Journal of Communications, and Mediated Communication: Handbook of Communication Science.

Learn more about the Louisiana Business and Communications OER Faculty Cohort Program here.

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LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree. Its public relations students were recently ranked the #1 team in the nation, and its digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition.

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network is a partnership with academic libraries, state and private libraries, and museums and archives. With a centralized support staff, commonly referred to as “LOUIS” located on the LSU campus, LOUIS combines the collective resources of all members to produce a dynamic library consortium. Established in 1992 by academic library deans and directors, LOUIS currently has 49 members, and is funded by the Louisiana Academic Libraries Information Network Consortium (LALINC) members and the Board of Regents. LOUIS provides member-approved initiatives which include information technology solutions such as an integrated library system, a digital library, interlibrary loan, electronic scholarly resources, and a host of other services.