David Kurpius

Dean of Journalism

Journalism Studies, Doctoral Faculty


120 Neff Hall
Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia, MO 65211-1200

DAVID KURPIUS joined the Missouri School of Journalism in July 2015 after serving as a professor and administrator at Louisiana State University for almost 20 years. There he served as associate vice chancellor for enrollment management, managing 89 staff members and a $5.6 million operating budget. He also oversaw almost $305 million in state and federal financial aid and scholarships.

Kurpius has taught advanced newsgathering classes, public affairs reporting and courses on minorities in journalism. He also served as LSU’s director of the Office of Student Media, which is home to LSU’s five student-produced media outlets. Kurpius has published studies in more than 20 peer-reviewed journals and books on subjects ranging from civic journalism to local television news. His research focuses on the intersection of journalism education, media and democracy.

Kurpius received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunication from Indiana University in 1986 and a master’s in 1995 and a doctorate in 1997 in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin.

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Updated: August 6, 2019