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Dean's Biography

Dean Kim Bissell's Biography

Kim Bissell, Ph.D., joined LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication as dean in July 2023. Prior to this role, she served as the Southern Progress Endowed Professor in Magazine Journalism and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama. Additionally, she served as the Executive Director of the college’s research institute, the Institute for Communication and Information Research, and was a full professor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Dean Bissell has studied the social effects of media specific to health outcomes for more than 20 years and has an active research program in the area of sports communication. She has received more than $2.25 million in external funding for her research and community-outreach programs. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed academic journals and was the recipient of the Frederick Moody Blackmon-Sarah McCorkle Moody Outstanding Professor Award for the development of an iPad app, “Track My Plate,” that could be used by children to record their food intake and activity. Dean Bissell was also the University of Alabama's recipient of the SEC Professor of the Year award in 2015. In 2009, she received the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award, recognizing her as one of the top scholars in the discipline of journalism and mass communication through AEJMC.