Public Relations: Current Students
Click on the headers below to learn more about current and future special topics offerings; public relations organizations; and news about public relations, social media, and other topics of interest to public relations practitioners.
Special Topics Courses
Time: M-F 10:00 - 11:50 a.m.: Summer I
Description: Learn about the exciting, challenging and fast-paced world of sports public relations from a seasoned professional. Mr. Cook is the managing director of communications & marketing at Texas Tech University. Previously, he worked for 11 years in the Texas Tech athletics department including nine years as an assistant athletic director. During that time he oversaw the media relations efforts for 17 sport programs, working closely with football and golf.
Time: M-F 10:00 - 11:50 a.m.: Summer II
Description: Students in this course will learn the role issues management plays as a strategic management function and how it may be used to influence favorable outcomes for clients and organizations.
Time: MWF 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
Description: This course examines the strategic use of online, mobile and social media tools in public relations practice. We’ll discuss topics such as how to plan and implement social media strategy, how to track and monitor issues, how to engage with stakeholders, how to cultivate and manage relationships using social media tools and how to plan for and respond to crises in a social media environment. Students will have the opportunity to conduct projects using the college’s new social media command center.
Time: MWF 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Description: Modern public relations practice is data-driven and results-oriented. This course will offer an in-depth examination of the applied research function in public relations practice. We’ll discuss how to design and implement projects; analyze and interpret data; and how to pitch, package, and present research to clients. Much of our focus will be on how to apply research to address real-world public relations problems, guide strategy development, and evaluate public relations program and campaign effectiveness.
Time: TR 3:30 - 4:50 p.m.
Description: Students will learn how to prepare for and respond to corporate, nonprofit and government sector crises from a public relations perspective. Through case studies and in-class activities the course emphasizes the practical application of crisis communication theories, strategies and tactics when developing and implementing crisis communication plans.
Time: MWF 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Description: This course will examine the challenges and opportunities of practicing public relations in international, multicultural and cross-cultural contexts. We’ll also look at how the public relations function is practiced in other cultures.
Public Relations Organizations
Arthur W. Page Society
Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication’s Public Relations Division
Commission on Public Relations Education
Council of Public Relations Firms
Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management
International Association of Business Communicators
Institute for Public Relations
Public Relations Foundation of Texas
Public Relations Society of America
Public Relations Student Society of America
Public Relations News Resources
Public Relations Blogs
Design & Production Training Resources
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For more information regarding advising in PR, contact Miranda Russell.
For more information regarding internships, contact Aleesa Ross.
For information about TechPR, the student public relations association, contact the TechPR President.
- Coy Callison, Ph.D.
- Bill Dean, Ph.D.
- Liz Gardner, Ph.D.
- Jo Grant
- Sun-Young Lee, Ph.D.
- Trent Seltzer, Ph.D.
- Autumn Shafer, Ph.D.
- Weiwu Zhang, Ph.D.