Dr. Layire Diop, who hails from Senegal, joined the Department of Mass Communication in January 2022. He holds a master’s degree in TV Management from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he studied as a Fulbright grantee. Dr. Diop also has a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Oregon. His educational journey started in Senegal where he graduated in journalism, communication, and foreign languages. He then worked for the Senegalese National Television for 15 years and occupied several leadership positions including chief editor for National Languages, Special Events and the Regions, Chief Editor for Africa and International News, and Deputy Coordinator and Secretary General of the News Department.