About & Faculty


Our department prepares students to be creative problem solvers, writers, managers, policy and communication decision makers, media planners and analysts in the fields of mass communication, advertising and public relations. This program emphasizes persuasive communication skills in traditional and new media that are essential for effective communication in the 21st century. The undergraduate program offers majors in both advertising and public relations.

The Grady ADPR Department is a Top-5 nationally-ranked program. Award-winning teachers and nationally recognized researchers teach classes in the department. In addition to a core program of required skills, management, design and writing courses, ADPR majors can choose from an array of special topics classes in such areas as social media, political advertising, fundraising, advertising and consumer psychology, sex in advertising, international advertising and Latin-American telenovelas due to the varied expertise of the faculty.



Carolina Acosta-Alzuru

Associate Professor, Public Relations

Carolina Acosta-AlzuruShe teaches public relations, cultural studies, and qualitative methods. Scholarship foci: telenovelas, culture and society.



Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

Associate Professor, Advertising

faculty_ahngrace_2016Dr. Ahn teaches advertising research and advertising and society. Her research examines how social media, video/internet games, and immersive virtual environments influence user attitude and behavior.



Jennifer Barnhart

Senior Lecturer, Advertising

Jennifer Barnhart, senior lecturer, advertisingDr. Barnhart teaches Advertising Message Strategy and the capstone campaigns course for advertising majors. She is the advisor to Grady’s student-run advertising agency.



Michael Cacciatore

Assistant Professor, Public Relations

faculty_cacciatoremichael_2016Dr. Cacciatore teaches research methodology and introduction to public relations in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations. His research focuses on risk communication with an emphasis on media coverage of risk and opinion formation for risk topics.



Glen Caruso

Part-Time Faculty

Glen CarusoGlen Caruso is an established entrepreneur, educator and digital marketing sales and strategy expert. He has worked at leading interactive media companies throughout his career. During the last four years he was part of the executive management team responsible for the sale of two digital advertising startups: Firecracker Digital Group and BLiNQ Media, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer. Currently Glen is Director of Strategic Accounts for Rocket Fuel, a top Programmatic DSP/DMP. He is responsible for Platform and Managed Service sales to the top 50 brink marketers in the Southeast. Throughout his career, Glen as closed over $109 million worth of advertising partnerships from Fortune 100 marketers and their ad agencies.


Sabrena Deal

Lecturer, Public Relations
Faculty_DealSabrena_2016.jpgDeal teaches Graphic Communication and Advertising Message Strategy. She works with undergraduate students to develop an understanding of basic design concepts, common design challenges, idea generation, brainstorming, and content writing and editing using Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign).



Nathaniel J. Evans

Assistant Professor, Advertising

faculty_evansnate_2016Dr. Evans teaches advertising and society, advertising management, and graduate level advertising foundations courses. His research interests examine consumers’ processing and evaluation of immersive and non-traditional advertising formats that include advergames, branded apps, in-game advertising, and native advertising with a focus on public policy implications.



David Haan

Part-time Faculty

David HaanMr. Haan is Executive Director of Creative Circus. He helps facilitate the partnership between the Department of Advertising & Public Relations and the Creative Circus in the “Summer at the Circus” program. He has worked for FCB, McCann Erickson and Frankel serving clients including Coors, Molson, Mazda, General Mills, Nestle, S.C. Johnson, Sunkist, Visa, Dreyer’s, Clorox and Zicam. Mr. Haan has a Master’s in Advertising from Michigan State University.


Jeong-Yeob Han

Associate Professor, Advertising

faculty_hanjeongyeob_2016Dr. Han teaches communication theory, research methods, and technology and health. Research foci include health communication and technology, new media effects, and research methods and design.



Bryan Harris

Part-time Faculty

Bryan HarrisAs Director of Sports Practice for Jackson Spalding, Mr. Harris manages communication strategies for numerous sports-related clients, including the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, College Football Hall of Fame, ESPN/SEC Network, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta Sports Council, PrimeSport, University of Georgia, TRUE linkswear, and multiple PGA TOUR-sanctioned events. Serves as a senior advisor on major corporate accounts, including Chick-fil-A and Google.


Itai Himelboim

Associate Professor, Advertising

Itai Himelboim, associate professor, AdPRHe studies the role social media play in news, political and international communication. Applying network analysis, he examines political talk and information flow.



Yan Jin

Assistant Department Head, Advertising and Public Relations
Associate Professor, Public Relations Associate Director of Center for Health & Risk Communication

faculty_jinyan_2016Dr. Jin teaches public relations and research methods courses. Her primary research areas are rooted in the field of crisis communication and strategic conflict management, with a strong focus on how emotions influence crisis communication decision making as well as the publics’ information seeking behaviors and communicative responses. She has also applied these communication research frameworks to strategic health and risk communication.


Betty Jones

Senior Lecturer Emerita, Public Relations

Betty JonesDr. Jones taught graphics and advanced graphics.



Barry Jones

Part-time Faculty

Barry JonesBarry’s interests include media relations, media campaigns and feature writing. He teaches at University of Georgia, as an Adjunct Instructor, 2003 to Present (Public Relations Communication, Public Relations Administration, Public Relations Campaigns).


Jooyoung Kim

Associate Professor, Advertising

faculty_kimjooyoung_2016Dr. Kim teaches advertising campaigns, advertising management, global advertising, and advertising research. Research foci are advertising engagement and brand communication.




Karen Whitehill King

Professor, Advertising Jim Kennedy New Media Professor

Karen King, professor, Advertising; Jim Kennedy New Media ProfessorDr. King teaches advertising media planning, advertising campaigns and advertising research. Her research interests include advertising industry issues and health communication.



Daniel J. King

Part-Time Faculty

Daniel KingDan King has been a partner in King & Spalding’s Atlanta and New York offices, and served as the leader of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Dan practiced law for 30 years with significant litigation and trial experience in a wide range of commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration matters, before retiring at the end of 2010. He teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia and Georgia Gwinnett College. Dan holds bachelors and law degrees from the University of Illinois.


Peggy Kreshel

Associate Professor, Advertising

Peggy Kreshel, associate professor, advertisingDr. Kreshel teaches advertising in society, media planning, and media culture and diversity. Her research focuses on advertising professionalization, ethics, and history and media and gender issues.



Dean Krugman

Professor Emeritus, Advertising

Dean KrugmanTeaches management and communication theory. Research includes media audiences and health communication. Former President of the American Academy of Advertising. Received Academy’s Outstanding Research award.



Tom S. Landrum

Distinguished Professional-in-Residence in Advertising and Public Relations

Tom S. LandrumMr. Landrum was Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia (retired July 2014). He teaches fundraising in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. He is responsible for managing the University of Georgia’s advancement program, which includes fund raising, public affairs, alumni relations, financial and fund-raising support services, donor relations and stewardship, and special events.


Kim Landrum

Lecturer, Advertising & Public Relations

Kim Landrum 2016 (Photos/Stephanie Moreno, s.moreno@uga.edu)Landrum teaches Graphic Communication and Advertising Message Strategy. She works with undergraduate students to develop an understanding of basic design concepts, common design challenges, idea generation, brainstorming, and content writing and editing using Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign).



Steven Lang

Part-Time Faculty

Steven Lang, part-time faculty, AdPRCopywriter/Audio Designer; Owner of Voiceunders.com He teaches Broadcast, Print and Internet Copywriting Broadcast and Internet Audio Production



Ruthann W. Lariscy

Professor Emerita, Public Relations

Ruthann W. LariscyDr. Lariscy teaches public relations principles, research, and public opinion. Dr. Lariscy’s research focuses on political advertising and campaign management, public relations standards and health campaigns.



Maria Len-Ríos

Associate Professor, Public Relations
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Grady College

Maria Len-Rios, associate professor, public relationsDr. Len-Ríos teaches public relations and cross-cultural journalism courses. A newly published textbook will be available this year; Len-Ríos, M. E., & Perry, E.P. (2016). Cross-Cultural Journalism: Communicating Strategically About Diversity. Routledge/Taylor& Francis.



Mark McMullen

Part-time Faculty

Mark McMullenMark teaches classes – both online at on ground – for the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the Grady College.




Juan Meng

Associate Professor, Public Relations

faculty_mengjuan_2016Dr. Meng teaches public relations courses at both under- and graduate levels. Her research interests include strategic leadership in public relations, leadership development process, and multinational corporates’ reputation and knowledge management strategies in emerging markets.


Glen Nowak

Professor and Director of Center for Health & Risk Communication

Glen NowakNowak is responsible for developing and managing the College’s new Center for Health and Risk Communication, which seeks to foster an interdisciplinary approach to health and risk-related Communication projects, including interventions, campaigns, messaging and messages, news media and provider-patient communication.



Joe Phua

Associate Professor, Advertising

faculty_phuajoe_2016Dr. Phua’s research examines the impact of new and emerging communication technologies, including social media, on advertising and branding, social marketing campaigns for public health issues like obesity and smoking cessation, and sports marketing. His teaching specialities include digital and social communication strategies, advertising and communication management, and digital advertising at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Bryan H. Reber

Department Head, Advertising and Public Relations
C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership

Bryan ReberHe teaches public relations, management, and writing. Research foci are public relations and health and crisis communication.



Leonard Reid

Professor Emeritus, Advertising

Leonard ReidDr. Leonard Reid is a Fellow of the American Academy of Advertising. He is a former editor of the Journal of Advertising, an author or co-author of 100+ refereed journal articles, and recipient of the American Academy of Advertising’s Outstanding Research Award. He was Grady faculty member from 1980 to 2012, where he served as Department Head of ADPR, associate dean for research and graduate studies, and interim Grady dean (twice).


Cindy Reynolds

Part-time Faculty

Cindy ReynoldsCindy’s research interests include advertising using new media, advertising on mobile devices, and creativity and advertising.



Elli Lester Roushanzamir

Associate Professor Emerita, Advertising

Elli RoushanzamirDr. Lester Roushanzamir’s primary teaching interests are advertising & society, message strategy and theory. Her research focuses on critical cultural studies, particularly the relationships between media images and media political-economy.



Karen Miller Russell

Associate Professor, Public Relations
Jim Kennedy New Media Professor

faculty_russellkaren_2016Karen Miller Russell is Associate Professor, teaching public relations and media history at Grady College. She edited the Journal of Public Relations Research from 2010-2015.




Lynne Sallot

Professor Emerita, Public Relations

Lynne SallotLynne M. Sallot, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, conducts research in and teaches classes in public relations.



Kristen Smith

Senior Lecturer, Public Relations

Kristen Smith 2016 (Photos/Sarah Freeman, freemans@uga.edu)Ms. Smith teaches Graphic Communication, Advanced Graphic Communication and Public Relations Communication. She is the faculty adviser to Creative Consultants, the student-run PR agency.



Jeff Springston

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Professor, Public Relations

Faculty_SpringstonJeff_2016.jpgDr. Springston teaches public relations, media and health, and research methods. Research foci include health and risk communications.



Kirsten Strausbaugh-Hutchinson

Senior Lecturer, Advertising

Kirsten Strausbaugh-HutchinsonDr. Strausbaugh-Hutchinson teaches advertising message strategy, campaigns, and graphic communications. Service areas include acting as Faculty Advisor to the UGA AdClub.



Spencer Tinkham

Professor, Advertising

Spencer TinkhamDr. Tinkham teaches advertising research methods, management andcampaigns. Dr. Tinkham’s research focuses on political communication, particularly with respect to message and audience factors in persuasion.




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