COM Connections

PRSSA is very excited to welcome some of the best of COM’s faculty for our special meeting on Thursday from 5-6pm in COM 317 – COM Connections! It is a great opportunity to interact and build relationships with the professors who have much more to offer our students than just what can be learned in the classroom. Here is a little information on who will be joining us:

Cheryl Ann Lambert

Assistant Professor, Communication

Professor Lambert earned her doctorate from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) in the College of Communication and Information. While at UTK, her primary area of study was public relations and her secondary area was health communication.

Lambert has published work about priority information needs in the scholarly journal Communication and Social Change and was a 2008 panel presenter discussing online health information-seeking at the annual convention of the Broadcast Education Association. She also co-authored a paper about how news publications frame obesity for the annual conference of the International Communication Association in 2007; additionally, she co-authored and presented a paper at the 2006 annual conference for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication about how national newspapers frame public relations.

Lambert has teaching experience at UTK and at Robert Morris College in Chicago. Her professional experience includes seven years in public relations at a Fortune 100 company and five years of editorial experience at two national trade publications.

Donald Wright

Professor, Public Relations

Dr. Wright is an internationally known professor, author, speaker, researcher and corporate communications consultant. He has taught communication and public relations at the university level for more than 30 years and also has worked professionally for more than a decade in various aspects of corporate and agency public relations, journalism and broadcasting. He is one of only two full-time academics ever elected President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), has served on the Board of Trustees of the Arthur W. Page Society since 1989 and has been on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Public Relations since 1993. He currently is Chair of the Institute’s Commission on Public Relations Measurement and Evaluation and also is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, a PRSA Fellow and an IPRA Fellow.

Wright received the Outstanding Educator Award from PRSA for teaching excellence and the Pathfinder Award from the Institute for Public Relations for his research productivity. In 2000, PR Week selected him as one of the top 10 public relations educators in the nation and in 2003 PR Week named him one of the “15 Leading Lights” in U.S. public relations during the previous 50 years. An active consultant in public opinion research, employee communications and corporate communications, Wright has worked with more than 20 Fortune 500 companies. He also has organized and directed professional development training programs for more than 500 corporate and agency public relations practitioners.

Edward Downes

Associate Professor, Public Relations

Edward J. Downes spent 10 years working for communications programs throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. He held positions as a research associate, campaign organizer, special events producer and performer, promotions manager, editor, writer, marketing representative and public relations director. He serves as a speaker and workshop presenter, and is actively involved in researching and writing conference and journal articles. He’s written widely on the topic of political press secretaries and, at present, is focusing on the area of nonprofit public relations. Dr. Downes was the 1995 College of Communication Lyndon Baines Johnson “Faculty Advisor of the Year.”

John Carroll

Assistant Professor, Mass Communication

Professor Carroll is a veteran of both the advertising and journalism worlds. For five years he was executive producer of news programs at WGBH-TV in Boston; for the three years previous to that, he was producer/panelist on the daily show Greater Boston and the weekly program Beat the Press. Over the past 20 years he has also written extensively on advertising and the media as a regular columnist for the Boston Globe and Adweek magazine, and as a commentator on WBUR-FM and National Public Radio. Carroll has won numerous national and regional journalism awards, including the RTNDA’s Edward R. Murrow award for writing, the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse award for press criticism, and multiple New England Emmys for commentary and news writing. In addition, he spent almost two decades as a creative director and consultant in the advertising industry.

T. Barton Carter

Chair, Department of Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations
Professor, Communication and Law

Former Head of the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as of the Law and Policy Division of the Broadcast Education Association, Professor Carter is a practicing attorney specializing in communication law and new communication technologies. He also coordinates the JD/MS in Mass Communication dual degree program and teaches courses in communication law and telecommunication regulation at the Boston University School of Law. He has co-authored three textbooks: The First Amendment and the Fourth Estate, The First Amendment and the Fifth Estate and Mass Communication Law in a Nutshell. He has also written articles and book chapters on libel, media access, free press/fair trial, obscenity, regulation of new communication technologies, the Patriot Act and rights protection for computer software.

Tobe Berkovitz

Associate Professor, Advertising

Dr. Berkovitz has worked since 1974 as a political media consultant on presidential, senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial election campaigns. He specializes in media strategy and time buying, and works as a producer of political commercials. Berkovitz has consulted on campaigns in over 25 states. His clients have included Senators John Glenn, Carl Levin, Patrick Leahy and Tom Harkin. Berkovitz appears frequently on television and in the press as a political and media analyst.

and, of course, PRSSA’s fantastic faculty advisor

Stephen Quigley

Associate Professor, Public Relations

Professor Quigley is a public relations consultant whose work is concentrated in the areas of media relations, public affairs, community relations and crisis communication. Prior to opening his own agency, he was a partner for 10 years with the Boston public relations firm of Schneider & Associates. He has provided strategic counsel and created public relations campaigns for a broad range of national and international clients. He is the recipient of the 2004 Lyndon Baines Johnson Student Advisor of the Year Award, the 2004 COMSA Faculty Advisor of the Year Award and is an Honorary Member of the Golden Key International National Honour Society. Professor Quigley is Accredited in Public Relations, a member of the National Commission on Public Relations Education, Past-President of the Boston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a Delegate to the National PRSA Assembly. He is a frequent speaker at professional and industry conferences and seminars, and his writing and opinions have appeared in various business, trade and legal publications.

See you Thursday!

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