LSU’s Manship School Names Hyojung Park, Ph.D., New Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Initiatives

Sept. 13, 2019

Hyojung ParkBaton Rouge, LA – LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication has named Hyojung Park, Ph.D., new associate dean of research and strategic initiatives. Park has been at the Manship School since 2012 and is currently serving as area head of the Manship School’s public relations department.

In this new role, Park will oversee the Manship School’s communication research and help guide the school’s planning and strategy development.

“Dr. Park’s work is well-respected in the communications field both nationally and internationally, and her leadership at the Manship School over the past seven years has been crucial to both curriculum development and student learning,” Martin Johnson, dean of the Manship School said. “We are delighted to see her continued success as she transitions to this new role.”

Park is an accomplished interdisciplinary collaborator and has published 24 articles in top-tier research journals, including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Health Communication and Journal of Public Relations Research. She recently authored two journal articles in collaboration with faculty at the Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management on the public’s responses to the government’s information communication technology in public health. Additionally, Park collaborated with public health faculty at the University of Missouri to produce research on sexual and gender minorities’ social media use for health information.

Park has also played a vital role in the Manship School’s assessment, accreditation and curriculum development. She is the winner of numerous teaching and research awards, including the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Love Purple, Live Gold Award, which recognize outstanding teaching and contributions to the quality of student life at LSU, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) 2012 Second Place Open Competition Paper in the Public Relations Division, among others.

“I’m honored and excited to serve in this important role for the Manship School. We have passionate and accomplished faculty members here who are well recognized for their research and contributions to the field. The Manship School is also home for many bright and dedicated students who wish to reach their full potential. I truly feel grateful to be able to offer the support that our faculty and students need to perform their best,” said Park.

Park earned her Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2011. Before that, she completed two master’s degrees – a master’s in mass communication from the University of Georgia in 2007 and master’s in communication and media studies from Korea University in 2005. Park graduated from Kyung Hee University in South Korea in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and mathematics.

Park will transition to her new role Sept. 16.

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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.