LSU Manship School’s Erin Coyle Receives University Distinguished Faculty Award for Exemplary Teaching

May 14, 2020 

Dr. Erin Coyle

BATON ROUGE—Dr. Erin Coyle, LSU Manship School associate professor of media law and journalism, is one of four LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) President’s Award recipients, this year. The honor puts Coyle among a coveted group of LSU University Distinguished Faculty Award recipients, announced earlier this month.

The LSU TAF President’s Award recognizes a faculty member for extraordinary classroom teaching as demonstrated by an impact on and an involvement with students, a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, and contributions to the profession of teaching.

“Dr. Coyle is truly one of the most influential professors here at the Manship School. She constantly encourages us to think outside of the box when discussing media law and how the First Amendment influences our future careers as mass communication professionals,” said Amie Martinez, a master’s student in Coyle’s Legal Problems & The Mass Media class. “Dr. Coyle genuinely cares about all of her students and always goes the extra mile to support us inside and outside of the classroom.”

Coyle teaches courses in media writing, media history, media ethics, privacy, mass media law and legal problems of the mass media. Her interest in freedom of expression, access to information and privacy began when she covered government and breaking news as a reporter between 1998 and 2003.

“This award sheds light on Dr. Coyle’s outstanding teaching skills and demonstrated ability to motivate students in their pursuit of academic success,” Martin Johnson, dean of LSU’s Manship School, said. “Dr. Coyle is an incredible asset to the Manship School, and we salute her dedication to teaching and learning.”

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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.