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Titsworth named dean of the Scripps College of Communication


Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced the appointment of Scott Titsworth as the dean of the Scripps College of Communication.

Titsworth, who has served as interim dean of the college since 2011, was named to the position in the course of a national search.

Benoit noted that the Scripps dean search committee selected three strong candidates to bring to campus.

"The national stature of the college attracted a set of exceptional finalists," said Benoit. "I was impressed with what each had to offer."

In making her decision, Benoit took particular note of the vision that Titsworth proposed for the college.

"With the completion of the Schoonover Center in sight, a new chapter in Scripps history is about to begin," said Benoit. "Scott believes that a college that puts a premium on interpersonal and interdisciplinary relationships will be an international leader in the changing media landscape."

Benoit also noted Titsworth's stature as a scholar-teacher.

"One of the unique things about Ohio University is that we have outstanding scholars who are deeply dedicated to our teaching mission. Having a dean who is nationally known in his field and who has been recognized for his teaching excellence ensures that this important institutional characteristic will be honored and supported."

Titsworth was a faculty member in the School of Communication Studies for nine years. He received his B.F.A. from Emporia State University, an M.A. from Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

During his time as a faculty member, he served as the director of Communication Studies, the associate director for graduate studies, and basic course director.

Titsworth has received the university's two most prestigious teaching awards. He was selected as both a University Professor and a Presidential Teacher.

In his scholarship Titsworth uses quantitative methods to explore how communication is connected to students' learning experiences. He is the author or co-author on a number of peer-reviewed articles and other publications. The quality of his research, publication record, grant activities, and his teaching has drawn a number of doctoral students to work with him. To date, Titsworth has served as an advisor to 12 Ph.D. students.

As interim dean, Titsworth has been instrumental in helping faculty and staff to move forward on a number of fronts. During his tenure, Scripps established a Capital Bureau in Columbus that provides student first hand experience in public affairs reporting.

The college partnered with the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee to host a 32 county contest in central and southeast Ohio. Efforts also were made to involve college faculty and students in university efforts to promote innovation and entrepreneurialism. The college was a primary sponsor of a recent 10-week Innovation Accelerator on launching digital media businesses.

The college has also benefited from his fundraising efforts. In the last fiscal year, close to $1.8 million in gifts was received.

Titsworth said that he is honored to lead a college that he cares so deeply about.

"I am grateful to all of the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the college who have provided invaluable counsel, and I am thrilled to continue working with everyone as dean of Scripps," said Titsworth.

The Scripps College, established in 1968, is widely recognized as one of the nation's most successful and unique colleges of communication. Consisting of five schools the college offers more than 40 acclaimed programs. Scripps alumni number 26,000 worldwide and are some of the most recognizable names and successful leaders in media.

In recognition of its excellence, the Scripps Howard Foundation committed $15 million to improve academic programming in the college. In 2006, the college was named in its honor.

Another significant milestone in the history of the college was the receipt in 2008 of a $7.5 million gift from Steven and Barbara Gerald Schoonover toward a new home for the Scripps College. The Schoonover Center for Communication will house in one building the college's five schools and the WOUB Center for Public Media. The facility, slated for completion in fall 2013, will encourage the type of integrative and interdisciplinary work that will advance the quality of the scholarly and professional activities of students, faculty and staff.

Scripps also was named in 2010 a University System of Ohio Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes the college's contributions to the state and its ability to recruit outstanding students and faculty.

In reflecting on his appointment, Titsworth observed, "In 2011, I stepped into the role of interim dean driven by a firm commitment to help maintain stability in the midst of sweeping change. Through our collective work to advance the College, we accomplished that and more. Now, 18 months later, I look forward to joining with faculty, staff and students to shape a future of boundless possibilities."