The Public Relations Department’s mission is to provide exemplary leadership, education and scholarship to advance public relations through effective communication and actions in support of a civil society and democratic ideals. The department, which received its Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) accreditation by the Public Relations Society of America, educates the standard bearers of the profession for an interdependent local and global society.
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For more information on the Public Relations Department, send an e-mail to Interim Department Chair Myiah Hutchens, or fill out the form on the right.
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After 42 years with UF, Professor Emeritus Mary Ann Ferguson is retiring. During her time here, she has served in numerous roles and contributed her talents to many research studies regarding public relations. Congratulations on an extraordinary career, and happy retirement! 👏
A huge congratulations to our very own @mdistaso for being awarded as Ragan/PR Daily's Educator of the Year. We are so proud of you and this amazing accomplishment! 👏
Marcia DiStaso Named Ragan/PR Daily Educator of the Year
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Associate Dean for Research Marcia DiStaso has been nam...
The @UFJSchool Italy study abroad group on the Amalfi Coast. @UFMPMT @UFPRDepartment @UFJouDept @UFAdvDepartment Gator Nation is everywhere!
Congratulations to @mdistaso for being named Educator of the Year, the latest in a string of honors for her and the @UFPRDepartment.
A standing ovation for these Communicators of the Year & Rising Star Award honorees and the companies they represent! https://hubs.ly/Q01QqCn40
Congrats to the brilliant student team, and to the best academic Public Relations department in the nation! @UFPRDepartment @ufprssa @UFJSchool @UF
Congratulations to the @ufprssa Bateman Case Study Competition team for receiving first place in the 2023 national contest! 🎉🐊
A huge congrats to our @ufprssa Bateman team for placing FIRST out of 49 entries in the 2023 @prssanational Bateman Case Study Competition! This is our first time taking home the first-place win since 2014. We're so proud of you for your hard work & this well-deserved win! 🏆🐊
Congratulations to @AnnaCBernstein, @UF public relations and business administration senior, for being named an Outstanding Leader by @ufalumni and @UFHonors. What an incredible honor! 👏
Two UFCJC Students Honored for Outstanding Leadership and Scholarship
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Public Relations and Business administration senior...
Congratulations to five of our undergraduate students who were recognized at the @UFJSchool's 2023 College Awards Ceremony last week! We've watched all of you grow so much in your time @UF and can't wait to see what you do next. Keep making us proud! #GoGators 🐊
Research Fridays features faculty and graduate students from CJC's current research to their colleagues. On April 14, 2023, Public Relations Department Associate Professor and Chair Myiah Hutchens presented “Understanding Communication and Polarization.”
A huge congratulations to our @UF Bateman Team for being named one of the Top 3 @PRSSANational 2023 Bateman Case Study Competition finalists out of 49 entries! We're so proud of this incredible team's hard work! #GoGators 🐊
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Congratulations to @UF PR alum Galey Gravenstein on being a 2023 #40GatorsUnder40 honoree! 👏
Our next 2023 #40GatorsUnder40 class member is Galey Gravenstein (BSPR '07).
She is a graduate @UFJSchool as well as an executive at @GoldmanSachs and CEO of Galey Alix Designs. While at UF, Galey was a member of the @GatorsTF team.
A huge congrats to @UF PR grad Drew Bagley, VP and Counsel of Privacy and Cyber Policy @CrowdStrike for becoming a member of the 2023 #40GatorsUnder40.
The next member of the 2023 #40GatorsUnder40 class is Drew Bagley!
He is a 2005 graduate of @UF_CLAS and a 2005 and 2006 graduate of @UFJSchool and currently works for @CrowdStrike, where he builds privacy & public policy programs.
Congratulations to @CarrieMillerPhD, assistant professor @UFJSchool, on receiving a two-year grant from @theNCI. She will be studying how young adults can increase colorectal cancer screenings in rural areas to reduce geographic disparities.
Carrie Miller, Ph.D., Receives NCI Grant for Colorectal Cancer Screening Intervention Study
Carrie A. Miller, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of Public Relations in the University of Florida ...
Congratulations to Darian Hernandez Rojas, Carolina Gnerre, Taimarie Carasa and faculty adviser @FordPat!
Their case study received an honorable mention in communications in the 2023 @AWPageSociety Student Case Study Competition. 👏
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Three UFCJC Students Receive an Honorable Mention in the 2023 Page Society Student Case Study...
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Public Relations seniors Darian Hernandez, Carolina...
We're so happy @NatalieAsorey, PR lecturer and Associate Director for Student Engagement @TheAgencyAtUF, will be joining the @RealGoodCenter as a strategy partner! We can't wait to see what the team does next!
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Center for Public Interest Communications Adds Two Faculty Research and Strategy Collaborators
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Center for Public Interest Communications rec...
Professor @annsearight will be a presenter at @UFentrepreneurs' "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders: The Importance of Advisors, Mentors and Sponsors” virtual summit March 31 at 10 a.m.
Read more here: https://www.jou.ufl.edu/2023/03/24/ann-searight-christiano-to-present-at-uf-womens-entrepreneurship-summit/
Ann Searight Christiano to Present at UF Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit
Ann Searight Christiano, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Center for Public Interest Commu...
A huge thanks to the @InstituteForPR for giving our students the opportunity to participate in #IPRBridge23 alongside presenters @mdistaso and Francis Akanbi! They gained valuable insights and connected with top industry leaders. Can't wait for the next one! 😉
Last week, five of our students attended the 2023 @RaganComms and @PRDaily Social Media Conference in Orlando, Florida. The students attended panels on a variety of topics and were able to network with experienced professionals in the social media sphere.
A huge congrats to PR students Sarah Main on being named @prweek’s 2023 Outstanding Student and Ava Girard on making the Top Five!
You guys are superstars and make us so proud! As always, #GoGators! 🐊 #PRWeekAwardsUS
Congrats to @UFPRDepartment and Sarah Main who swept the Outstanding Education Program of the Year AND the Outstanding Student of the Year Award! 🥇👏🐊#prweekawardsus