APR Named Top-Five Program by PRWeek for 11th Time

Mar 16, 2022

The Advertising and Public Relations Department (APR) within the College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS) was named a top-five finalist for Outstanding Education Program at the 2022 PRWeek Awards.

This is the eleventh time the program has been recognized with this honor. The four other finalists for this year’s award included DePaul University, University of Florida, Penn State University and Syracuse University.

“This recognition reflects the hard work and investments that we have made in our students, faculty and facilities,” said Dr. Damion Waymer, department chair for advertising and public relations.

Waymer attributes the success of the department to the numerous opportunities it provides for students.

“We continue to invest in our students by teaching them data analytics, giving them multiple opportunities for robust, hands-on experience via organizations such as our award-winning, student-run, Capstone Agency, and our faculty seamlessly integrate cutting-edge research techniques and technologies into our classrooms and curriculum. We are thrilled that PRWeek has recognized our program as one of the top PR educational programs in the country.”

Submissions for the Outstanding Education Program award category are judged on the criteria of faculty contributions to PR in teaching, research and service to the industry, as well as the program’s efforts to connect current and former students to the PR industry in three specific areas: job and internship placements, speakers and events, and consulting and experiential learning.

Entries for the PRWeek Awards are reviewed and judged by a panel of judges comprised of PR professionals and educators from agency, corporate, government and nonprofit sectors.

To learn more about this year’s PRWeek Awards finalists, click here. To visit the Department of Advertising and Public Relations website, click here.