Area of Expertise
Strategic communication for NGOs and civil society; the future of public TV and Radio; communications education and research; social media and independent film and video; public interest communication policies
Larry Kirkman, dean of the School of Communication since 2001, specializes in public service media, strategic communication for nonprofit organizations, and communications education. He was chair of the One World International Foundation, the governing body for oneworld.net, a global portal for civil society and sustainable development, from 2002 to 2006. Prior to joining AU, Kirkman directed the Benton Foundation, a leader in public interest communication: developing and promoting communication policies related to new media; assisting nonprofit organizations in the use of communications techniques and technologies; and producing Internet-based information networks that served journalism, education, and social action. At Benton, he created Connect for Kids, one of the leading Ad Council campaigns in the 1990s. Earlier in his career, Kirkman was executive director of the Labor Institute of Public Affairs of the AFL-CIO, where, among other activities, he was responsible for national advertising, including the groundbreaking Union Yes campaign and the creation of public television programs, including the America Works series. From 1979 to 1982, he served as the first director of television and video programs at the American Film Institute, where he produced the first National Video Festival. Kirkman brought video into the film program at American as an assistant professor in the School of Communication from 1976 to 1979.