It is an exciting and positively challenging time to serve as Head of the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University.

Our School is named after Brian Lamb, an alumnus, the founder of C-SPAN and one of only two Purdue alumni to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

The Lamb School is a vibrant community of scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, community partners, friends, and supporters. We are the academic home to more than 550 undergraduate majors and 75 graduate students.

The undergraduate program has five majors including:

The graduate program is organized into five instructional units including:

Our current students have numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary and intercultural study. Our former students traverse the world and include olympians, a Pulitzer Prize winner, legislators, CEOs, community organizers, famous authors, filmmakers, attorneys, professors, government researchers, and more. Our faculty includes award-winning teachers and scholars, media professionals, the director of C-SPAN’s Video Archives, and a former United States Ambassador.

Our mission is to further Brian Lamb’s legacy by embracing the values of openness and innovation in communication, while continuing to build upon our tradition of excellence in communication scholarship, education, leadership, and engagementIn our teaching, research, and engagement with the community we value excellence, integrity, collegiality, innovation, entrepreneurship, public service, diversity, and global citizenship. There are numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary and intercultural study.

I am proud to be a member of the Lamb School. As Head, I will facilitate the important work of our faculty, students, and staff while embracing our community writ large. Two of my goals for the Lamb School are to: 

  • Raise the profile of our many engagement efforts such as the new Purdue Institute for Civic Communication, the Purdue Peace Project, Fast Track, the Petticrew Speech and Debate Program, Motorcycle Safety at Purdue, among others. 

  • Effectively interact with our diverse constituencies on campus, in our local community, and across the nation and globe through social media and other outlets.  

Please join in the excitement surrounding the Lamb School by reviewing our website and interacting with us. If you have questions, ideas, and/or you want to share or need information, contact me directly at mmattson@purdue.edu or 765-494-7596.

Take special care,

Dr. Marifran Mattson

Marifran Mattson
Ph.D., Professor and Head

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