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Lakshmi Tirumala

Assistant Professor of Communications

Lakshmi Tirumala

Lakshmi is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Communications Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. He worked as a film/video/web design faculty member at Electronic Media division, University of Cincinnati. He previously worked as an instructor at Wright State University, and as a part-time teaching instructor of E-media at the College of Media and Communications at Texas Tech University. He mostly teaches courses that focus on aspects of film and video production, and graphic and web designing.

Besides teaching, Lakshmi frequently collaborates with students on creative production projects and does media research. He focuses mainly in the areas of media effects, engagement and learning. Two of the papers he co-authored are currently under review with Journal of Media Psychology and Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. Additionally, his research study on the impact of Twitter on social presence and student learning was very positively critiqued at an international conference (AEJMC) and was later published in the Journal of Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication.

Lakshmi has been actively involved in producing numerous video projects that are either educational and/or fictional. Lakshmi and a group of his students worked on various short informational videos while he was at University of Cincinnati and raised around $90,000. A short film, Solitude, which he executive produced, won the best production award in the student category at NATAS Ohio Valley. Under his supervision and direction, his students collaborated with the creative writing department and the department of drama to produce a fictional episodic series, which not only screened at LAWebfest but also received several nominations besides winning outstanding actor in a female role. Lakshmi has presented at various national and regional conferences and conventions. He recently collaborated with two external researchers, a faculty of Auburn University and another faculty from Rhode Island College, to co-author a paper on introducing accessibility into media production curriculum. Lakshmi is currently finishing up his dissertation to complete his doctoral requirement.


  • M.A. in Mass communications, College of Media & Communications, Texas Tech University
  • M.A. in Mass communications, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
  • B.A. in Business management, GITAM, Visakhapatnam, India


  • Youngblood, N. E., Tirumala, N. L., & Galvez, R. A. (Dec, 2016). Accessible media: The need to prepare students for creating accessible content. The article is currently under review with Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.
  • Tirumala, N. L., & Cummins, R. G. & Banjo, O. (June, 2016). Balancing Form and Content in videogame play: The impact of screen size and audio delivery system on presence experiences. The research article is currently under review with Journal of Media Psychology.
  • Cummins, R. G., Tirumala, L. N., & Lellis, J. M. (2011). Viewer attention to ESPN’s mosaic screen: An eye tracking investigation. Journal of Sports Media, 6, 23-54
  • Smith, J., & Tirumala, N. L. (2012). Impact of Twitter on social presence and learning. Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication, 2(1), 21-31
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