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Located in the College of Communication and Information, the School of Advertising and Public Relations houses two of the most popular majors at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. The Advertising and Public Relations programs offer Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees. The programs are nationally and internationally recognized and accredited for the quality of their scholarship and instruction. 

Our program offers opportunities beyond the classroom that involve professional internships across the nation, study abroad in Sydney Australia, Siena Italy and other exciting locations, and school sponsored trips to network with industry leaders and alumni in New York, Nashville, and Atlanta. With its nationally recognized educators and wide-ranging opportunities, the School of Advertising and Public Relations continues to be a program of excellence at The University of Tennessee, preparing students and scholars to become innovative leaders in their respective fields

Maureen Taylor

Director and Beaman Professor

Laura Gamo ('18) Featured in Torchbearer Magazine

Laura GamoLaura Gamo was born in Colombia and moved with her family to Florida when she was six. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 2016, she started her master’s studies in UT’s School of Advertising and Public Relations as the graduate assistant to the Chancellor's Honors Program. Laura received an award from the Sammie Lynn Puett Endowment in Public Relations.

“I am finding my truth through words,” says Gamo. “As a woman of color and an immigrant to this country, I’ve become a unique hybrid as a student, an individual, and a professional. Having struggled to learn a new language and integrate myself into a host culture, I know the value of communicating with others and expressing ideas. More importantly, I recognize the need to empower and activate the voices of those who might be underrepresented or misunderstood."

"I am extremely grateful for the assistantship that is enabling me to work toward these goals.”


In 2017, Gamo was selected from candidates across the country for a Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) fellowship by the American Association of Advertising Agencies. In addition to her full-time paid summer internship at R/GA in New York City, she participated in a virtual training series and in weekly agency-sponsored professional development workshops focused on the host agencies’ culture, work, skills, and expertise. As of January 2018, she is a public relations intern at The Tombras Group in Knoxville.

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Carol Poston Pays it Forward

Carol PostonEach spring, when Advertising students are awarded the Carol Poston Scholarship they gain something much more valuable than a scholarship. They gain a lifelong mentor.

CCI BOV member Carol Poston (AD ’81) is committed to paying forward all of the support and professional development she gained while at UT. Carol is the Senior Manager of Strategic Marketing Services at LifePoint Health in Brentwood, Tennessee.

“I had a great experience in the Department of Advertising, and I am proud to help anyone who is graduating from UT,” said Poston.

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