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ADPR Director Note

Welcome back to another great semester! There are lots of things happening in the School of Advertising and Public Relations.


We are seeking a new colleague! The School of Advertising and Public Relations has an open position for an Assistant Professor of Public Relations. Please find the files attached here.


Thank you to all of our students who came out to Welcome to the School event! We're glad to have you here. Did you miss the meeting? Contact us at and we can setup a time to walk you through all of our resources!

There are four new faces joining the AdPR faculty this year.

Laura Mansfield is joining us for the entire academic year. Laura is a seasoned public relations professional and has earned the Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is teaching PR Writing, Social Media and Advanced PR Writing this fall. Learn more about Laura

You will also see Tiffany Carpenter teaching Public Relations Seminar (PR 380). Tiffany is the Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing at UT. She is a CCI alum. Learn more about Tiffany at

Josh Loebner is also joining us this semester to teach Advertising Media Strategy (ADV 360). Josh graduated from the MS program in the School of Advertising and Public Relations. Josh works at DesignSensory here in Knoxville. Learn more about Josh at

You should also look for Mitchell Williamson, a graphic designer in the Office of Engineering Communications at the Tickle College of Engineering. Mitchell is an award winning graphic designer who is teaching PR Design (PR 310) this semester. Learn more about his award wining work at

We have four great new additions to our faculty. Be sure to say hi and ask each person about their experiences in Advertising and Public Relations.

Maureen Taylor, Director

ADPR Welcomes Laura Mansfield

Laura MansfieldThe School of Advertising & Public Relations welcomes Laura Mansfield to its teaching faculty. Laura will serve as Lecturer for the 2017-2018 teaching Social Media (PBRL / ADVT 461 & 561), Public Relations Writing (PBRL 320) and Public Relations Advanced Writing (PBRL 420).

Laura Mansfield has an MBA in Finance from the University of Tennessee (1992). She comes to ADPR after an award winning professional career at a number of firms including EVP at Fletcher Marketing PR and EVP and senior VP of public relations and social media at The Tombras Group. She has also taught as a part-time lecturer/adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee and at Pellissippi State Community College. Laura is an expert in message development, content strategy, social media, integrated communications and influencer marketing. She is teaching courses focused on public relations writing and social media.