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Scott Talan

Assistant Professor
School of Communication

  • Scott Talan, MPA, is a full-time professor of Public Communication. He has worked in media, PR, and communications in four distinct fields: TV News, Politics, Nonprofits and Higher Education. Scott worked at the United Nations, Harvard University and the New Mexico Legislature. He recently served as the Dir of Communications for the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs.

    Talan has worked as a writer at ABC News Good Morning America. He's also reported on-air for local TV news stations in several states (Florida, New Mexico, California) covering politics including the 2000 presidential recount story.

    Before news, Talan was as an elected city council member and Mayor of Lafayette, California. His first career was in nonprofit communications working for the March of Dimes.

    Talan received his Master in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, studied broadcast journalism at Stanford after getting his BA from the University of California at Davis.

    Prior to joining American University Scott was an adjunct faculty member at George Washington and Johns Hopkins. Talan has also taught media courses at Xiamen University in China as well.

    Professor Talan also serves as a Faculty in Residence living on campus and extending learning outside the classroom. He is also the adviser to the student run Social Media Club.
  • Degrees

    Harvard-Master of Public Administration
    Stanford-Broadcast Journalism Certificate
    University of California Davis-Bachelors of Arts

  • SOC - School of Communication
  • McKinley - 242

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  • Spring 2014

    • COMM-296 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Communication Field Experience
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  • Summer 2014

  • Fall 2014

    • UCOL-100 Univ College Washington Lab: Understanding Media
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Design and Communication Arts Work

Comm Kid (Student movie trailer video)

SOC Style (Student music video)

Fashion Magazine Capstone (Student project)

Student Advertisement from Understanding Media Class

Media Appearances

ABC News 20/20 on Social Media & Newton Shooting

CNN Story on Social Media & Crimes

Social Media & Presidential Debates Go Well Together-WTOP

AU News and Achievements