Scott A. Shamp is the Director of the New Media Institute in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. The New Media Institute is an interdisciplinary unit created to explore the creative, critical, and commercial implications of new digital communication technology. In his position as the Director of the New Media Institute, Dr. Shamp is helping companies map out strategies for success using new communication technologies and students carve out careers in the rapidly evolving field of new media.
Currently Dr. Shamp heads the Mobile Media Consortium at the University of Georgia. This industry/academic partnership is dedicated to promoting mobile media and wireless development. The Mobile Media Consortium focuses on the role of wireless technologies in improving individualsâ€™ quality of life. Industry partners in the Mobile Media Consortium have included Intel, Nokia, AT&T, McDonaldâ€™s, HP, Turner Broadcasting, BelAir Networks, and iAnywhere.
Shamp holds the James Cox Kennedy New Media professorship and the rank of Professor on the faculty of the Telecommunications Department in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Shamp received his undergraduate (ABJ 1981) and Masterâ€™s (MA 1983) in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He received his Doctoral degree in Communications (Ph.D. 1989) from the University of Utah where he studied how computers impact the ways people communicate with one another.
Dr. Shamp has provided consulting services for several companies including Turner, Disney, UPS, Coca-Cola, Delta, and First Union. In addition, Shamp holds a patent and trademark for his work in wireless and mobile media. During his tenure at the University of Georgia, Shamp has served as the Director of the Dowden Center for New Media Studies and the Director of Information Technology for the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Shamp is a native of Conyers, Georgia where he graduated from Rockdale County High School in 1977. He is married to Claudia Shamp and they have two sons â€“ Walter and Scoop both of whom are proud to be second-generation Bulldogs. Scott is an addicted basketball player and he drives a Prius â€“ he loves his Prius!
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I knew about TED talks online. Had watched a few. They were good -- but they were online videos. Then I got an invitation to attend TEDxAtlanta. Musicians, artists, business people, government leaders, activists all crammed into a small room for 7 hours. When I signed up, I thought I would listen to the first few talks and slip out. I was awestruck. I hung around talking with all the participants -- then went to a bar to talk more. I was hooked. Last year I organized the TEDxUGA at the University of Georgia. Finally we had an event that spoke to the interdisciplinary imperative of the modern university. Plus it was hellacious fun! I have now been to a TEDActive (I wasn't the oldest person there but I was close) and I see the power of TED and TEDx's to connect people. And I need all the connections I can get.
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