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Michelle Ferrier appointed Scripps Associate Dean for Innovation, Research/Creative Activity and Graduate Studies

Jun 11, 2013

Michelle Ferrier / Photo by MAC Photography

Michelle Ferrier appointed Scripps Associate Dean for Innovation, Research/Creative Activity and Graduate Studies

ATHENS, Ohio (June 11, 2013)—Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth has announced the appointment of Michelle Ferrier, Ph.D., associate professor at Elon University in Elon, N.C., to Associate Dean for Innovation, Research/Creative Activity and Graduate Studies. She will also hold an associate professor position in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. The appointment begins in July.

“Michelle first visited the Scripps College as part of Scripps Day last October. We had her back twice since that time to talk more about her interests in hyperlocal news, local food initiatives, online communities and other topics. Throughout those visits it was clear that Michelle’s work is at the cutting edge of how digital, mobile and social media influencing the communication landscape. Michelle brings a genuine excitement about these topics that will engage students and faculty from across the College!”

Ferrier brings a passion for media innovation to the position having developed entrepreneurial ventures around online communities, created startup events for media entrepreneurs and conducted research and curriculum development around digital media and entrepreneurship. She is the vice president for Journalism That Matters, an organization focused on bringing together diverse communities to re-imagine the news and information landscape. She is also a former research associate with the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology and Entertainment at the University of Central Florida and the lead researcher for the Employ Florida Digital Media Banner Center, where she helped create a new core curriculum in digital media between UCF and regional higher education institutions.

“I am thrilled to be working with Ohio University and the Scripps College faculty to help shape the emerging news and media ecosystem,” Ferrier said. “The Scripps College has a strong reputation and I’m looking forward to helping shape its future with both domestic and international initiatives and partnerships.”

Titsworth said Ferrier will oversee personnel and resources associated with innovation and entrepreneurial activities in the College including the Gaming Research and Immersive Design Lab and the Scripps Innovation Challenge. Ferrier will also be responsible for oversight on international programs of the college and graduate studies. Ferrier will also work with College faculty to establish a Center for Innovation and Creativity in Communication. That center will form the organizing structure for the College’s work in innovation and entrepreneurship and will provide an infrastructure for interfacing with other innovation activities across campus.

“I’m looking forward to bringing the Scripps College vision to light, engaging the college in building communities, influencing policy and making collaborative connections that shape the new media environment,” Ferrier said.

“As the Associate Dean for Innovation, Research/Creative Activity, and Graduate Studies, Michelle will work collaboratively with faculty to promote traditional forms of research and creative activity while also enhancing our emerging strength in innovation and entrepreneurship.  Michelle’s track record of blending these elements into her own work will make her a tremendous resource for cross-college collaboration. She is quite simply a perfect fit for this position!”

Ferrier is the principal investigator on the Media Deserts Project, an initiative to provide a dynamic mapping of media system change. She is the founder and publisher of, an online site devoted to local food and food policy issues.
Ferrier holds a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida, a master’s in journalism from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Ferrier’s areas of expertise include online communities, online learning, hyperlocal online news and digital content architecture. Ferrier has taught classes in media writing, magazine publishing, interactive writing and design, and virtual environments. She is a former managing editor of online community hubs and newspaper columnist for a Florida daily newspaper.

Ferrier and her husband, Les, who is taking a position as OHIO's Coordinator for Enrollment Management for the College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Scripps College of Communication, have three children.