After conducting a nationwide search, Florida A&M University (FAMU) announces the appointment of Michelle Ferrier, Ph.D., as dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. Ferrier’s appointment is effective October 1.
“I am delighted to be joining FAMU in this role. We are immersed in a digital culture that has transformed journalism and graphic communications in deep ways. My mission is to grow our graduates to be leaders and innovators in this new landscape that create inclusive and representative media,” said Ferrier.
Ferrier is an associate professor at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where she was named one of the top 20 journalism innovation educators for 2018. She is also founder of TrollBusters.com, “a just-in-time rescue service for writers and journalists experiencing online harassment.”
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Ferrier, who has outstanding credentials and an impressive track record of creating and utilizing cutting-edge strategies in the media industry,” said FAMU Interim Provost Rodner Wright.
Ferrier is an award-winning columnist, author and digital content architect with 30 years of experience in media entrepreneurship and new media technologies.
She earned her doctoral degree in Texts and Technologies from the University of Central Florida, where she developed online communities, online learning and new media storytelling technologies. She obtained a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Founded in 1982, FAMU’s journalism school is the first accredited program of its kind among the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities.