The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS) has announced Dr. Damion Waymer as the Department Chair for Advertising and Public Relations (APR). Waymer joins the APR faculty as former chair Dr. Joe Phelps returns to full-time faculty. In addition to his duties as Department Chair, Waymer has also been appointed as a tenured professor for APR.
“I am excited to be joining the award-winning and highly regarded Department of Advertising and Public Relations at The University of Alabama,” said Waymer. “I only hope to build positively on the very strong foundation that has been established by my predecessors, current faculty and staff and decanal leadership.”
Most recently, Waymer served as the department chair for liberal studies at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Waymer received his Bachelor of Arts in corporate communication with a minor in business administration from the College of Charleston in 2000 and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in communication in 2003 and 2006, respectively, both from Purdue University. Waymer has written three books and been published in more than 30 scholarly articles about communication and public relations, including four articles published with APR associate professor Dr. Kenon Brown.
“Our Advertising and Public Relations department is one of the best in the country, and Dr. Waymer will only help us to improve,” said Dr. Mark Nelson, Dean of C&IS. “Given Dr. Waymer’s research profile and experience, our students and faculty will be very fortunate to work with and learn from him.”
The University of Alabama Department of Advertising and Public Relations is one of the top programs of its kind, regularly ranked in the top five nationally. With both bachelor’s and master’s degrees available, the APR department is a place for students who share a passion for advertising and public relations and who want to set themselves up for professional success.