Stables brings to his new position an extensive knowledge of USC Annenberg’s programs and students through his roles as clinical professor of communication, associate dean for student affairs and, most recently, as interim director for the School of Journalism.
Since joining USC Annenberg in 2002, Stables has played a prominent part in developing and teaching a wide range of courses and experiential learning programs that explore rhetoric, debate, political communication, propaganda and global media. As associate dean for student affairs, Stables oversaw USC Annenberg’s advisement and academic services, career development, international and civic engagement programs.
Praise from USC Annenberg leadership
“An adept manager of academic programs and people, Gordon truly understands the ways in which scholarship and practice are both enriched by sharing the same intellectual space,” Bay said. “He is uniquely positioned to help our faculty prepare students for careers in a culture in which our stories and messages carry greater influence than ever before.”
In addition to training the next generation of journalists and public relations professionals, Stables said he is also honored to lead the School of Journalism as it engages broader public debate about the future of journalism and the evolving media landscape.
“I am looking forward to bringing together our faculty, students and staff to develop the kinds of dynamic classes, projects and conversations that are only possible at USC Annenberg,” said Stables, who earned his PhD in speech communication from the University of Georgia. “We have the opportunity to both study and drive the transformation of contemporary journalism and public relations.”
Stables’ appointment was effective July 1.
An extended version of this story appears on the USC Annenberg website.