Kimberly Lauffer

Kimberly Lauffer

Assistant Professor of Journalism

Phone:765-285-2288

Room:AJ 354


About Kim Lauffer

 

Dr. Kimberly Lauffer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience at a variety of secondary and post-secondary educational institutions and has taught newswriting, feature writing, literary journalism, media law and ethics, introduction to journalism (mass communication), introduction to visual communication, visual storytelling, data visualization, media criticism and photojournalism. Dr. Lauffer's research focuses on media coverage of end-of-life issues, framing of health, diverse individuals, juveniles, and crime, and journalism pedagogy. Dr. Lauffer has published peer-reviewed articles in journal such as Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Media and Religion, Atlantic Journal of Communication, Visual Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, and Mass Communication and Society, as well as a published peer-reviewed book chapter.

Professional Experience

 

  • Ball State University, Assistant Professor, 2016-present
  • Bowling Green State University, Instructor of Journalism, 2014-2016
  • Alma College, Web Editor, 2010-2014
  • Towson University, Associate Professor of Journalism and New Media, 2006-2010
  • Towson University, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies, 2006-2007
  • WYPR-FM, Electronic Newsletter Editor, 2007-2009
  • The Morning Sun (Mt. Pleasant, Michigan), General Assignment Reporter, 2003
  • The Business Monthly (Columbia, Maryland), Editor (part-time, temporary June 2002)
  • Towson University, Assistant Professor of Journalism and New Media, 2000-2006
  • University of Florida, Graduate Research Assistant, 1998-2000

Education

 

  • Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy, Mass Communication, University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications
  • M.A., Journalism, School of Journalism, Michigan State University
  • B.A. English (major), Biology (minor), Secondary Teaching (minor), College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University

Selected Publications and Research

 

  • Lauffer, K.A., Baker, S.D., & Seely, N.K. (forthcoming). How Colorado newspapers covered the state’s 2016 End of Life Options Act. Newspaper Research Journal.
  • Lauffer, K.A. & Arnold, K.W. (forthcoming). Analyzing web-based U.S. media coverage of Brittany Maynard’s death. Visual Communication Quarterly.
  • Lauffer, K.A., Baker, S.D., & Seely, N.K. (2020). D.C. news media coverage of the District’s Death with Dignity Act. Newspaper Research Journal.
  • Baker, S. & Lauffer, K.A. (2019). DC-based religious and secular coverage of the District’s Death with Dignity Act. Journal of Media and Religion.
  • Lauffer, K.A. & Baker, S.D. (2019). U.S. media coverage of Brittany Maynard’s choice to die: How ideology and framing converged. Atlantic Journal of Communication. 
  • Hardin, M., Dodd, J.E., & Lauffer, K.A. (2006). Passing it on: The reinforcement of male hegemony in sports journalism textbooks. Mass Communication and Society.
  • Lauffer, K.A. (2002). Access to U.S. federal government information for people with disabilities: An analysis of the legal requirements, interpretations, and implications (in Pendakur, M. and Harris, R. (Eds.) Citizenship and Participation in the Information Age, Aurora, Ontario, Canada: Garamond Press.
  • Lauffer, K.A. (2000). Accommodating students with specific writing disabilities. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.
  • Lauffer, K.A., Baker, S.D., & Seely, N.K. (2019). Newspaper coverage of Colorado’s 2016 End of Life Options Act. Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication national conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Baker, S.D. & Lauffer, K.A. (2019). Washington, DC’s Death with Dignity Act: Religious and Secular Media Coverage. Presented as top three paper in Religion and Media at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication national conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Lauffer, K.A. & Baker, S.D. (2019). Using framing and hegemony to examine California newspapers’ coverage of the End-of-Life Option Act. Presented at International Communication Association national conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Lauffer, K.A. & Baker, S.D. (2018). California newspapers’ framing of the End-of-Life Option Act. Presented to the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research’s Health Communication and Change Communication and HIV/AIDS Working Group, Eugene, Ore.
  • Lauffer, K.A. & Baker, S.D. (2015). Challenging hegemonic beliefs about physician-assisted death: The Brittany Maynard effect. Presented to the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research’s Health Communication and Change Communication and HIV/AIDS Working Group, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Lauffer, K.A. & Toohey, W. (2010). Covering a teenage killer: Using framing to qualitative analyze Baltimore newspapers’ coverage of the murder of the Browning family. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Denver.
  • Sherman, E. & Lauffer, K. (2009). Power in the classroom and its effect on source credibility. Presented at the midwinter meeting of the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Maki, S., Lauffer, K., & Eichhorn, K. (2007). Building social capital one relationship at a time: The effect of public relations on student engagement in universities. Presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago.

Honors and Awards

 

  • Outstanding Adviser Award, Student Affairs Leadership Awards, Towson University, 2005
  • Towson’s Elite, Student Government Association, Towson University, 2004

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Introduction to Medi 103 811 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Introduction to Medi 103 812 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Introduction to Medi 103 814 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Thesis Preparation 601 800 0000 - 0000
Thesis 698 822 0000 - 0000