Acting Dean Well Versed at Being Both Scholar and Leader

Posted on: February 4, 2014


Stephen Lacy, professor in the School of Journalism, became Acting Dean of MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences on Feb. 1. Although the appointment is new, Lacy is a familiar member of CAS, having served in a number of J-School, college and university leadership positions.

When asked about his focus for the college during his term, Lacy emphasizes that his job is to "keep the college on course in the same energetic, strategic and results-oriented direction that it's been headed over the past several years."

Lacy is quick to note that "creating opportunities to help our students become global communicators and to help our faculty to engage in teaching and research that inspires students and enriches lives around the world is what we do in the college, and we will continue to do so."

During his 30-year career at MSU, he has served as Director of the School of Journalism, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Director of the Media and Information Studies Doctoral Program, and Honors Professor in the Honors College. He also has served on numerous academic governance bodies, including Faculty Council, Academic Council, and the University Committee for Graduate Studies.

Lacy is known internationally for his scholarship in content analysis methodology and media management and economics. He has published more than 100 articles in refereed journals, co-written four books, edited two books, and published dozens of book chapters, papers and other publications. He is former co-editor of the Journal of Media Economics. The Knight Foundation, the Pew Foundation, and the National Science Foundation have funded his research.

In addition to his work at MSU, Lacy has been active in professional and outreach activities. He served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, testified before Congress, and consulted with the Federal Communication Commission, Project for Excellence in Journalism, and American Press Institutes.

MSU awarded him the Teacher-Scholar Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2010, he received the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research, a career achievement award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and last summer he served as Deakin University Thinker-in-Residence in Melbourne, Australia.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana, a master's degree in journalism from Texas A&M University, Commerce, and a Ph.D. in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.


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