Advertising Adjunct Faculty
Walter John Starr
Advertising Planning (ADV 5005, graduate course)
Advertising Management (ADV 6505, graduate course)
Advertising Campaigns (ADV 4800)
Advertising Sales (ADV 3502)
Advertising Strategy (ADV 3001)
Media Planning (ADV 4300)
International Advertising (ADV 4400).
Copy & Visualization (ADV 4101)
Kara Lowe Page
Principles of Advertising (ADV 3008)
Kara Lowe Page is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Florida. She primarily teaches the digital imagery and capstone courses for the distance web design master’s program, but occasionally teaches undergraduate advertising courses as well such as Copy and Visualization. In her digital imagery course, Kara teaches students about the importance of digital imagery in communication and helps students enhance their graphic design skills through Adobe Photoshop. In the capstone course, Kara teaches students how to work with teammates to create a comprehensive communications campaign with fully functioning website for a real client. Kara is the advisor to Ad Society in addition to her teaching responsibilities.
Kara is a triple Gator with a passion for inspiring others to achieve greatness. Kara graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with bachelor’s degrees in Advertising and Recreation, Parks and Tourism. As an undergraduate student, Kara was honored to be selected as a Four-Year Scholar and recipient of the College of Journalism’s Dean’s Cup for Scholarship. Shortly after finishing her undergraduate degrees, Kara pursued a master’s in mass communication with a specialization in web design.
Today, Kara works at the University Athletic Association as the Assistant Tutorial Coordinator where she helps manage a staff of more than 100 content tutors who work with Gator athletes. Kara loves working in athletics and enjoys helping student-athletes succeed in the classroom. She often creates many of the graphic design and communication pieces used in the UAA’s Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence.
In her spare time, Kara also works as a freelance graphic designer. Her specialties include logo design, branding and printed collateral.
Copy & Visualization (ADV 4101)
Writing for Mass Communication (MMC 2100)
Rob Marino is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Florida. He is the primary instructor of Writing for Mass Communications, a course where he began his academic teaching career as a graduate assistant more than 15 years ago. He oversaw the most recent transition of the course to an online-only format in 2015.
Marino received both his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Mass Communications from UF.
He also serves as an associate professor of Communications at the College of Central Florida in Ocala. In addition to his teaching role, he is faculty adviser to the Patriot Press, CF’s student newspaper. In the 12 years he has been adviser, the newspaper has garnered state and national recognition – twice earning overall first-place honors at the state publications conference and three times placing at national competitions.
Marino is a frequent speaker at state and national student media conventions and is also a former state publications president for two-year Florida colleges and was a member of the executive committee governing student activities at two-year colleges in Florida.
He is a former sports journalist, having worked for 15 years for two daily newspapers on Florida’s southwest coast, including nine years for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune where he covered high school and
collegiate athletics, including the University of South Florida’s inaugural season in football. He was part of the newspaper’s media convergence in 1998 when he co-hosted a weekly TV sports segment.
Prior to beginning his academic career, Marino served as managing editor of a trade association in the Washington D.C. area.
He has also done freelance work for numerous magazines and newspapers and serves as the primary judge for the annual convention for non-daily newspapers throughout Florida.
Media Ethics (MMC 3203)
Media Ethics (MMC 3203)
Dr. Sohar is currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of Florida teaching Ethics and Problems in Mass Communication, an inter-disciplinary introduction to ethics-relevant situations faced by media professionals.
In addition to her lecturer role, Dr. Sohar serves as the Coordinator for UF Tech Connect® at the Florida Innovation Hub Technology Incubator. In this role she draws upon her years of experience to build strategic relationships with entrepreneurs, investors and inventors to increase and support the number of technology-based companies launched annually. Professionally, her experience spans both the public and private sectors, has a strong technology focus, and includes extensive grant administration and educational outreach. Prior to joining the Innovation Hub, Dr. Sohar worked for over 12 years in the telecommunications field, during which she was an early employee at two satellite technology startup companies (both acquired) and served as project manager for RadioSource.NET, an early internet radio initiative comprised of 20 land-grant universities. She also served as an Evaluator and Technical Assistance and Training Consultant for the Florida Department of Education and has held various positions in media including advertising copywriter, advertising sales, editor, focus group moderator, marking content analysis manager, and event marketing and promotions coordinator.
Dr. Sohar is a co-founder of Empowering Women in Technology Startups®, a 10-week experiential program designed to educate, inspire and empower women to pursue leadership roles in technology-based companies. Dr. Sohar is the Chair of the AUTM Women Inventor’s Committee (WIC) and the former head of the (WIC) Metrics sub-committee. The AUTM Women Inventor’s Committee mission is to increase women’s participation in the commercialization process and under her leadership the WIC conducted the first baseline survey for gender-tracking at U.S. university technology transfer offices and implemented a highly successful advocacy outreach effort. Dr. Sohar has won several awards for her work on innovation projects and is a frequent guest speaker on innovation and gender panels.
She is also an accomplished puppeteer and musician and serves as a mentor for Girls Rock! Gainesville, a week-long camp that teaches girls 8-17 empowerment through music.
Dr. Sohar holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Mass Communication at the University of Florida.