Stephen MacNamara profile picture CCI FSU Tallahassee FL

Stephen R. MacNamara, J.D.


Google Voice Number (850) 739-0341
(850) 644-8642
UCC 3132

By way of background, Professor MacNamara has worked with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and served as a Special Assistant to a U.S. Senator. He was also a Special Assistant to the Florida Senate in 1982, primarily involved in reapportionment and served for a short period in 1992 as the Federal Government’s Florida expert in that area. Professor MacNamara was appointed Secretary of the Department of Business Regulation under Governor Bob Martinez and succeeded Governor Lawton Chiles as the Director of the Collins Center for Public Policy. He has worked with or for nine (9) Florida Governors.

Professor MacNamara was the General Counsel and Media Consultant to No Casinos, Inc., founding President of the Coalition for Family Safety and founding president of the Florida Association of Health Plans. For eight years, Professor MacNamara also assisted the Miami Herald in its annual ranking of the Florida Legislature. He has been actively involved with numerous statewide campaigns over the years.

During the 1999 Legislative Session, Professor MacNamara was asked to serve as the first “Professor in Residence” for the Florida House of Representatives and during the 2000 Session served in the position of Chief of Staff for the Florida House under Speaker John Thrasher. Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the position of Chairman of the Governor's Ex-Offenders Task Force to investigate ways for former prisoners to successfully reenter society and make recommendation for changes to the Governor and the Florida Legislature. In July 2009, he was named one of the four finalists for the position of Chancellor to the State University System.

Professor MacNamara served for three years as the Associate Dean of the Florida State University College of Law. He is formerly the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida State University. In addition, he is the former Executive Director of the LeRoy Collins Center, past Executive Director of both the Claude Pepper Center and the Claude Pepper Foundation and currently serves as Corporate Secretary to the Claude Pepper Foundation.

He has also served of the Executive Committee on the Seminole Boosters, as a member of the University Athletic Committee and as Special Counsel to the Athletic Department.

From 2010 - 2011 Professor MacNamara held the post as Chief of Staff to the President of the Florida Senate, Mike Haridopolos and from 2011 - 2012 served as Chief of Staff to Governor Rick Scott. MacNamara is the only person in Florida history to serve as Chief of Staff to Florida’s House Speaker, the Florida Senate President and the Governor of the State of Florida.

Professor MacNamara has also been recognized in Florida Trend magazine as one of the state’s “Legal Elite.”  He is presently an Associate Professor of Communication where he specializes in mass media law issues and political communications and strategies.




  • BS, Journalism, 1975; University of Florida
  • JD 1982; Florida State University

Research Interests

Mass Media Law, Political Communication and Campaigns, Speechwriting, Public Relations, Communication Policies, Governmental Communications, and Copyright Law

Teaching Interests

Mass Media Law, Speechwriting, Political Communication, Legal Aspects in Film and Television Production, and Governmental Communications

Grants & Awards

  • Professor of the Year (College of Communication), Recipient, 1993, 1995, & 2004
  • University TIP Award (Peer Award), Recipient, 1998 — 1999
  • Ross Oglesby Award (Annual University–Wide Honor Based on Student Input), Recipient, 1992
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award, (Awarded by Law Faculty) Recipient, 1982
  • Florida Blue Key, (Leadership Society) 1975
  • Lambda Pi Eta, Faculty Member of Distinction (2016)
  • College of Communication& Information, Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Award (2016)
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2017)