Sundeep R. Muppidi

Special Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives & Professor of Communication

Provost's Office

College of Arts and Sciences
860.768.5054 ABR 107B

PhD, Bowling Green State University

MA, University of Hyderabad

BS, Osmania University

Dr. Muppidi has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Communication since 1998. Sundeep is a successful and innovative teacher. He participated in the Davis grant on Flipping the Classroom and has been a leader in integrating technology in the classroom. He has over 20-plus years of global experience, in administration, research, filmmaking, and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at institutions in the USA and internationally. His research interests are in international communication and communication for social change and empowerment. He has a doctorate in mass communication from Bowling Green State University and has published three co-authored/edited books, over 50 book chapters/refereed journal and other articles, created numerous media productions, and given over 75 plus refereed conference presentations and invited talks.

Dr. Muppidi is an independent film maker and script writer. Some of his past projects include the Inscrutable Americans, a 35mm feature film for the international market (for which he was the co-screenplay writer and the associate director) and the documentary, 'Seeing the Scientific Light', funded by a grant from NASA, the space agency. He served as the Secretary General of the Asian Media Information and Communication Center in Singapore (AMIC) and is also a consultant for national and international agencies including UNESCO.

At the university, he served as the graduate director of the master’s program in Communication, the director of the School of Communication, and most recently as the Associate Dean for Academic Planning and Curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences. He presently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Pacific Media educator and on a number of journal editorial boards. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Media Asia journal and as an Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Communication.

Dr. Muppidi is a 2007 alumnus of the Management Development Program at Harvard University and a 2005-2006 fellow of the Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Institute for Diversity of the AEJMC. He is also a 2017-18 fellow of the American Council on Education hosted at Eastern Connecticut State University.

  • Fellow, American Council on Education, 2017-18,  Host: President Elsa Nunez, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Leadership Academy for Department Chairs, American Council on Education (ACE), October 2014

  • ICT Expert Training Program in Broadcasting Contents and Digital Convergence, Korean Communication Commission and Korean Internet Security Agency, November 2011

  • Management Development Program (MDP), Harvard University, 2007

  • Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Institute for Diversity (JLID) Fellowship, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), 2005 - 2006

  • PhD, Bowling Green State University (Mass Communication),1999

  • MA, University of Hyderabad (Mass Communication & Television Production), 1991

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,1989

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Languages, BODMAS Computers,1987

  • BS, Osmania University (Botany, Zoology and Chemistry),1986

  • Dissertation topic: The Uses and Gratifications of Doordarshan and Eenadu TV: A study of a regional Indian television audience

  • Secretary General, AMIC  (January 2010 to December 2011)
  • Faculty, University of Hartford:
    • Professor of Communication, School of Communication, University of Hartford, from 2014 to present.
    • Associate Professor of Communication, School of Communication, University of Hartford, From 2004 to 2014
    • Faculty, Multimedia Web Design and Development Program, University of Hartford, Summer 2007 to Present
    • Director of Graduate Studies, School of Communication, University of Hartford, 2004 to Spring 2007
    • Faculty, Interactive Information Technology Program, University of Hartford, From 2001 to Spring 2007
    • Sabbatical Leave Fall 2005
    • Assistant Professor of Communication, School of Communication, University of Hartford, From 1998 to 2004
  • Associate Professor (Adjunct), Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, January 2010 to December 2011
  • Instructor and Teaching Assistant, School of Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1994 to 1998
  • Lecturer of Television Production, S. N. School of Fine Arts, Performing Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, From 1993-1994
  • Visiting Professor:
    • School of Journalism and Media Studies, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, Fall 2005
    • Department of Journalism, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, Fall 2005
    • Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal, India, Fall 2005
    • Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, India, 1994 to present
    • School of Communication and Information (SCI), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Fall 2005
  • Consultant:
    • Communication and Information wing, UNESCO, 2006 to present
    • Grantová agentura České republiky, Czech Science Foundation, Czech Republic, 2007
    • National Research Foundation of South Africa, 2007
  •  External Examiner:
    • Southern Cross University, NSW, Australia, 2012
    • School of Journalism and Media Studies, Hong Kong University, 2010
    • Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
    • Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh, India
    • Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Consultant and Country Representative (for USA), Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore
  • Freelance Journalist/ Magazine Columnist/ Television Producer, From 1991 to present

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2. Strategic Initiatives

3. Academic Technology