TROY journalism professor selected for Scripps Howard Leadership Academy

Posted: Tuesday, 18 March 2008

TROY, Ala. – Dr. Jeff Spurlock, associate professor in Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism, has been selected to participate in the 2008 Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy at Louisiana State University (LSU), June 1-5.

Organized and hosted by LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Academic Leadership Academy brings together up-and-coming professionals and scholars with seasoned administrators to share strategies and insights on academic programs in journalism and mass communications.

“I am thrilled to have been selected to take part in the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy,” Dr. Spurlock said. “Traditionally there are anywhere from 12 to 15 people selected from colleges and universities throughout the country. The opportunities presented through participation in this academy are endless. This opens the door to so many things and will provide me with the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills. I am looking forward to networking with other faculty members from across the country and sharing insights and ideas on communications.”

Prior to joining the Troy University faculty in 2001, Dr. Spurlock taught at Middle Tennessee State University, Sam Houston State University, the University of Southern Mississippi and at the National High School Institute at Northwestern University.

Dr. Spurlock has 15 years of professional broadcast journalism experience. He worked as a news reporter, anchor, producer, and managing editor at a number of radio and TV stations, including: WKDA (AM)/WKDF (FM) in Nashville, Tenn.; WVJS (AM)/WSTO (FM) in Owensboro, Ken.; WVJS-TV in Owensboro, Ken.; WTVK-TV (NBC Affiliate) in Knoxville, Tenn.; and WFIE-TV (NBC Affiliate) in Evansville, Ind.

Dr. Spurlock holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi.