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  • ADPR Alum "Behind Some of Your Favorite Stories"

    Chris Grabenstein


      New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein earned his BS in communication in 1977 from the College of Communication and Information. While attending the University of Tennessee,   Knoxville, the Chattanooga native acted in dozens of plays and contributed to the Daily Beacon as an editor, columnist, and cartoonist. It was this experience that propelled him to a stellar  professional career. 

  • Interim Director of ADPR Announced

    Sally McMillan: Interim Director of the School of ADPR, written by Cara Hunter

    Dr. Sally McMillanAfter 20 years at the University of Tennessee serving as a faculty member, associate dean in the College of Communication and Information and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sally McMillan will serve as interim director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations starting on June 1, 2019.

    McMillan did not always plan on pursuing a career in academics. After changing her major many times, McMillan graduated with a degree in English from Southern Adventist University and went on to teach high school students for two years. After realizing that teaching at a high school level was not her calling, she went on to work in book editing and receive a master’s degree in public relations from the University of Maryland. Later, she moved to Wisconsin with her husband where she was hired by a software development company. Starting in the public relations department, McMillan quickly moved up to vice president for sales and marketing and later president of the company. However, McMillan questioned whether she wanted to work in technology for the rest of her life.

  • Cara Hunter Joins ADPR as Social Media Intern

    Cara Cara HunterHunter joins the School of Advertising & Public Relations as the new social media intern. Cara is currently a junior at the University of Tennessee while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public relations. In addition to her internship, Cara spends a large portion of her time as the assistant vice president of recruitment for the Panhellenic Council and as the sisterhood chair for Phi Mu while  simultaneously completing academic and extracurricular work for the Chancellor’s Honors Program
    While working with ADPR, Cara plans to bring a positive and refreshing voice to various social media platforms. She hopes to utilize her personal connection to the program to create a meaningful presence on social  media that encourages ADPR students to engage and enjoy.
  • ADPR Alum Wins, Top Teaching Paper at AEJMC

    Karen FreeburgMeet School of Advertising and Public Relations Alum: Karen Freberg, Ph.D.

    Written by Kyungji Lee, MS Student in the School of Advertising & Public Relations

    Karen Freberg graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2011 with a Ph.D. in Public Relations. Karen is internationally recognized expert in social media. Chris Strub, the editor of Digital storytelling and mobile live streaming video in Medium, named Dr. Freberg as one of the “100 micro-micro influencers”. Her websites (, and communication channels are popular content sites.

    Dr. Freberg has had an amazing year in 2017!

    First, Karen became a tenured Associate Professor of Strategic Communication at the University of Louisville. Karen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in social media, public relations, crisis communication, and emerging technologies.

    Second, Karen’s research has won national awards. Her paper entitled, “Developing a Blueprint for Social Media Pedagogy: Trials, Tribulations, and Best Practices” won 2nd place in the Top Teaching Papers at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference in Chicago. Her research was also recognized as the top downloaded article for Journal of Public Relations Education.

  • AD Student Amber Wilson, designsensory intern

    Amber Wilson, ADPR

    We are pleased to highlight Advertising Senior Amber Wilson, who is a summer intern with designsensory.

    Amber was spotlighted at designsensory, along with two fellow interns for her great work. Wilson is fulfilling her passion for the advertising world through her current internship assignments such as: working closely with clients, setting up meetings and interfacing with vendors.

  • Dwayne Summar Essay Contest 2016 Award Winners

    PR Students Win Dwayne Summar Essay Contest

    In September of 2010, Dwayne Summar (1961, PR), established the Dwayne Summar Essay Contest to acknowledge exceptional students who are members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Summar had a long and distinguished career in public relations serving as VP of the Southern Company and Senior VP of Hill & Knowlton, Atlanta. Summar also served as the National President of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 1988.

  • Beth Avery Foster, Wake Forest University

    Beth Avery Foster Public Relations professor, Beth Avery Foster visited Wake Forest University as an invited lecturer for its “Great Teachers” course. While there she gave a University-wide presentation entitled “Public Health Research at the Intersection of  Communication, Campaigns, and Crisis,” guest lectured the Great Teachers course, and met with numerous undergraduate and graduate students eager to learn more about the field of public relations, as Wake Forest currently does not offer a public relations major.


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