February 24, 2018  

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Murphree Selected for Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy

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Dr. Vanessa Murphree

Vanessa Murphree, associate professor and graduate coordinator in the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, is one of 17 professors, administrators and communications professionals chosen to participate in the seventh annual Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy to be held June 1-5 at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

The academy, co-sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Manship School, brings together academics and professionals to learn administrative strategies and gain insight into academic leadership.

“It's an honor to be selected for this highly competitive program,” Murphree said. “Participating in the Academy will give me an opportunity to work with veteran administrators and discuss issues and trends in mass communication education.”

During their time in the academy, mid-career academics and professionals will meet with seasoned administrators to learn about management, discuss the future of media education and consider issues critical to those interested in or new to leadership roles.

Nearly 100 participants have graduated from the academy and hold various administrative positions at institutions around the country. Members of the 2014 class represent a combination of institutions of higher education and the professional mass communication sector. For further information, visit http://www.manship.lsu.edu/shala.

Murphree teaches public relations and other mass media courses. Her research primarily focuses on the relationship between public relations and social change.  She is the author of The Selling of Civil Rights: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the use of Public Relations. Along with this 2006 book, which began as her dissertation at USM, she has also written about the birth control movement, crisis communication, media relations and historical perspectives of public relations. The American Journalism Historians Association awarded her with a 2003 honorable mention for her dissertation and a 2005 award for "Best American Journalism article."

She previously worked in public relations and advertising, first as an advertising copywriter and then coordinating the communications component of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a national medical organization based in Birmingham. Murphree then spent the next six years managing communications for the Center for Applied Environmental Public Health at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Murphree served on the board of directors of the American Journalism Historians Association and the Mobile chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, and in 2009 the state PRCA honored her as 2009 State Educator of the year.

For information about the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism and its programs, visit www.usm.edu/mcj.