portrait of Anantha Babbili, Professor

Anantha Babbili

College Of Liberal Arts

Anantha S. Babbili is currently Professor of Media and Communication and most recently served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (2007-2010) and as Special Assistant to the University President over the 2010 summer. Prior to his tenure as a provost, he served as the Dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University for five years.

Earlier, Babbili was the Chairman of the Journalism department at Texas Christian University where he served as an award-winning professor of journalism/communication studies and as the coordinator of the acclaimed international and intercultural communication program. He won several national awards of distinction for academic and teaching excellence, and later, gained administrative and leadership experience in both public and private universities.

The Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) selected him as the Texas Professor of the Year for the U.S. listing him as one of the best college professors in the U.S. As the Chief Academic Officer of a growing institution in a large A&M University System for three years, Babbili was responsible for all academic affairs providing campus-wide leadership in achieving the academic goals and objectives at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

A published scholar, Babbili holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and M.A. from the University of Oklahoma. He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.J. (Bachelors of Journalism) from Osmania University in India. He speaks several languages and has developed international educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students and implemented research programs in global settings. Babbili has been recognized for designing programs and strategies that advance underprivileged students past graduation. He is the recipient of the Barry Bingham Fellowship from the National Conference of Editorial Writers Foundation for assisting students of color gain internships and jobs in the national media.

Babbili completed the Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education Program. He held the inaugural year-long Rogers’ Endowed Chair in New Communication and Information Technologies at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and was the John F. Murray Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa. Recognized as an expert in media ethics in a global context, he delivered the distinguished invited lecture at the University College, Oxford University, U.K.

Babbili is internationally recognized for research and teaching of global media studies and cultural diversity. He was the editor of the research journal, Journalism and Communication Monographs, from 2000-2008 and has served on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals from around the world, including the International Bibliography of Social Sciences Advisory Committee at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and Journal of Media Ethics. Babbili directed summer programs in London and Oxford, U.K. and has taught as a visiting distinguished professor in India, Slovakia, U.K. and at Mexico’s Universidad de las Americas-Puebla. He served as a consultant to the United Nations on the emerging Right to Communicate, on technology and international law. He is an advisor to several institutions in Europe and Asia on curriculum development, management and leadership in a global economy.

Babbili worked as a journalist in Asia, and was awarded the ASNE/Knight Foundation Fellowship. He held several leadership positions in the Association for Education for Journalism and Mass Communication and led or has participated in the ACEJMC accreditation evaluation of journalism/communication programs and in the SACS national accreditation processes.