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The beginning of the year marked the start of a new era for the college as we welcomed our new dean, Prabu David, an experienced, intelligent, forward-thinking administrator who will lead the college to even greater accomplishments.
“Dr. David brings a fresh and exciting perspective to the College of Communication Arts and Sciences,” said MSU Provost June Youatt. “His significant experience in building interdisciplinary programs and activities will allow him to see new opportunities within and outside the college, and to build on the college’s international reputation for innovation.”
David came to MSU from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (WSU) where he served as Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for Academics since 2010 and played an instrumental role in creating new undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
Prior to WSU, he was on the faculty at Ohio State University (OSU) from 1993 to 2010 where he held a number of positions, including Assistant and Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the university’s School of Communication, and Faculty Associate with OSU’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Public Health Preparedness.
David’s vision for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtSci) is to “build on the traditions of the past with an eye toward the future.”
“I would like to see the college emerge as the thought leader, and at the same time, lead innovations in communication instruction and capitalize on new opportunities for social change, and be avant-garde in various communication arts,” he said. “I also would like to nurture and encourage fusion between the arts and sciences in communication. I believe there’s much potential at the nexus of arts and sciences, and I would like to work with the faculty to come up with new approaches to foster collaborations between the artists and scientists in the college.”
David’s connection to the college goes back prior to him taking over as dean. His doctoral adviser, Frank Biocca, served on the ComArtSci faculty for many years and while David was at Ohio State, he would visit MSU to collaborate with Biocca.
“MSU has world-class faculty in Communication Arts and Sciences and I have read their papers and seen their work presented at conferences. I thought it would be exciting to lead such a group of faculty, staff and students,” David said. “There are so many pools of talent and expertise within the college. As dean, I look forward to playing an instrumental role in connecting the dots and creating synergies among these distinct and unique pools of talent, not just within the college, but among related areas across disciplines at MSU.”
David earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola College, Chennai, India, in 1983; a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1988; and a doctoral degree in mass communication from the University of North Carolina in 1993.
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