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Titsworth named interim dean of Scripps College

New appointment begins July 1

Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit named Scott Titsworth as the interim dean of the Scripps College of Communication effective July 1.

He replaces Greg Shepherd, who has accepted a position as the dean of the University of Miami (Fla.) School of Communication. He has served as dean since 2004.

In announcing the appointment of Titsworth, who is director of the School of Communication Studies, Benoit said, "Scott's candidacy for dean was well received by Scripps faculty. I heard great appreciation for his thoughtful leadership and his dedication to students and faculty. He is viewed as an individual who is capable of working effectively with all of the schools in the college."   

Benoit noted that Titsworth has been an active contributor to faculty governance through his extensive work in Faculty Senate and through his service on university-wide committees including most recently the University Environmental Scan Team. 

"Because he has been so involved in the work of the senate, including serving as chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee, Scott has an impressive grasp of university issues that will serve him well as interim dean."

Titsworth has been a faculty member in the School of Communication Studies for nine years. During that time, he has been named both a University Professor and a Presidential Teacher, which are the university's two most prestigious teaching awards.

Prior to becoming director, Titsworth served as associate director for graduate studies and basic course director in the school. 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. 

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, he has served as an adviser to 12 Ph.D. students. 

In accepting the appointment, Titsworth reflected on the heritage of the college and its tradition of excellence. 

"For over four decades the Scripps College of Communication has been recognized as a preeminent destination for students and faculty who are passionate about the study and practice of communication," Titsworth said. "Because of the history we have created and the future we have imagined, being asked to serve the College in this capacity is an honor. I am excited to work with students, faculty, staff, and friends of the Scripps College as we strive to enhance our collection of outstanding academic programs."

Benoit noted that a considerable part of the success of the Scripps College during the past decade can be attributed to Shepherd's leadership.

During Shepherd's tenure 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 accomplishment was the receipt in 2008 of a $7.5 million gift from Steve and Barbara 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 will encourage the type of integrative and interdisciplinary work that will allow Scripps students, faculty, and staff to elevate the quality of their scholarly and professional activities.

Under Shepherd's leadership, in 2010 the college also was named a USO Center of Excellence, which is a designation that is expected to assist in its efforts to recruit outstanding students and faculty.

"Greg has been tireless and effective in his efforts to make a difference and he is leaving a legacy that will endure," Benoit said.