E. Joseph Lee II, PhD, President of Spring Hill College (SHC) announced today the appointment of Stuart Babington, PhD, to Chairperson of the Division of Communication, Visual and Performing Arts. Babington has been a part of the Spring Hill College faculty since 2006, most recently serving as the Chair of the Department of Communication Arts.
"I continue to be excited by the way my colleagues are continually growing and innovating,” said Babington. “That was the spirit of our work under [previous Chairs] Tom Loehr and Sharee Broussard, and our students picked up on that energy."
Babington has an exceptional career as a communications practitioner, professor and faculty leader. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), he went on to earn a master’s degrees in Organizational Communication from Southeastern Louisiana University. Babington returned to USM to earn a PhD in Mass Communication -- completed in 2007, while he was an Assistant Professor at SHC. He was awarded tenure in 2014, the same year he received the Teacher of the Year honor at Commencement.
Before beginning his post-graduate work, Babington spent 13 years as an editor for the Mobile Register as well as some time as a public relations consultant. Among the various classes taught by Babington are Media Law and Professional Ethics, Communication Theory, Advanced Newsgathering, Student Media Content and Introduction to Media Writing.
“The entire Spring Hill community is excited about Dr. Babington’s appointment in his division,” said Lee. “His commitment to the College and his students is unwavering and I know we are all looking forward to seeing the development in such a popular area of study.”