Meet Our Faculty: Tamara Gibbs-Franklin

Meet Tamara Gibbs-FranklinA professional portrait of CSM communication professor Tamara Gibbs-Franklin

Associate Professor, English, Communication, and Language

Faculty member since 2023
Pronouns: she/her

Courses Taught

  • COM-1010 Basic Principles of Speech Communication
  • COM-1650 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • COM-2300 Introduction to Media Writing



I'm a former broadcast journalist turned public-relations and marketing professional, and I am a lover of words, people, and processes. I am a self-published author and honed my storytelling and speaking skills in competitive newsrooms in Illinois and North Carolina for over two decades. I've built a successful career as an effective communicator in the public and private sectors, including a law enforcement agency, a franchise marketing firm, a publicly traded e-commerce tech company, and a grant-funded global health research institute.

I've served as an adjunct professor at flagship colleges and universities in North Carolina and Maryland, including the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, Meredith College, and North Carolina Central University. I enjoy teaching public relations, media ethics, and journalism.

Educational Background 

  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  
  • Master of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting, University of Illinois at Springfield  


I describe my philosophy of education as "failure-tolerant empathy, combined with accountability and motivation." I strive to prepare students for continued academic success and real-world work experiences, including 21st-century soft skills and critical thinking. I aim to provide a safe environment where students with backgrounds different from their instructors and peers can share, learn, and reach their fullest potential.

I'm an avid gardener and enjoy teaching, reading, writing, and spending time with my husband, family, and friends. 

I support the communications outreach efforts of Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit organization on a global mission to close the gender gap in the tech industry.

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Last updated: 9/5/23

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