Larry Burriss, professor of journalism, teaches introductory and media law courses.
At the graduate level he teaches quantitative research methods and media law. He holds
degrees from The Ohio State University (B.A. in broadcast journalism, M.A. in journalism),
the University of Oklahoma (M.A. in human relations), Ohio University (Ph.D. in journalism)
and Concord Law School (J.D.). He has worked in print and broadcast news and public
relations, and has published extensively in both academic and popular publications.
He has won first place in the Tennessee Associated Press Radio Contest nine times.
Dr. Burriss’ publications and presentations include studies of presidential press
conferences, NASA photography, radio news, legal issues related to adolescent use
of social networking sites, legal research, and Middle Earth.
Dr. Burriss has served as director of the School of Journalism, dean of the College of Mass Communication and president of the MTSU Faculty Senate. He was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Board of Regents. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and served on active duty in Somalia, Bosnia, Central America, Europe and the Pentagon.