Hometown: Lafayette, LA
Job title: Associate Dean for Sponsored Research & Programs; Associate Professor; Director, Media Effects Lab
Advice for students pursuing communication: Take advantage of every opportunity. Join a variety of student organizations. Go to public lectures and events. Study abroad. Work for free! Be open to people who are unlike you. Every experience you have, will matter later.
Who inspires you the most and why: Teachers – I’ve been blessed to have some of the best teachers who weren’t just concerned about my grades but who were concerned about who I was becoming as a human being. That kind of care and attention is a calling that not many have.
What is your favorite part of your job: Watching the light bulb go on over a student’s head when he/she gets it. And conducting research.