Mr. Christopher Mapp is the holder of the Vernon McCory 1st Amendment Professorship in Mass Communication.
Mapp obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a master of science in mass communication/public relations.
He is completing his Ph.D. in Speech Communication at Louisiana State University.
Mapp joined the faculty of the University of Louisiana at Monroe in July 2010, where he teaches journalism and graduate quantitative research methods. He is also director of student publications, overseeing the production of The Hawkeye student newspaper and its companion Web site, the Chacahoula yearbook, and the Helicon, a literary magazine.
The winner of a graduate student teacher of the year award by the International Communication Association in 2009, Mapp has published book chapters and articles in academic journals and has presented both at national and regional conferences.
Mapp has worked as a reporter, sportswriter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers and has freelanced for national publications and for the Associated Press. He also worked in university public relations as the assistant director for news and marketing at the University of Southern Mississippi.
His research interests are varied, including conflict and forgiveness among deployed military couples, imagined interactions and loneliness, deceptive uses of social media, and newsprint recycling and the environmental "green" movement.
His grant work on hurricane crisis communication was presented to state and local officials at the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge in spring 2010.
About the Endowment:
The Vernon McCory 1st Amendment Professorship in Mass Communication endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.