SPRF | Educator of the Year

Initiated in 2008, each year SPRF recognizes outstanding professional educator members through its Educator of the Year award. Each state organization (ECPRO, PRAL, PRAM, PRCA) is invited to nominate one outstanding public relations educator for the SPRF Educator of the Year Award. The recipient of this award is announced at the SPRF annual conference.

SPRF established this award to recognize an educator who has taught public relations or a closely-related discipline and who has demonstrated a commitment to advance the profession of public relations.

For award guidelines, please click here.

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Nadia Bush is the 2013 award recipient. She is an instructor at the University of South Alabama (USA) Department of Communication and has been teaching public relations, advertising, visual communication and basic communication courses for 10 years. In the department, Bush serves as chair of the department’s public relations committee, manages two public relations student assistants in the internal and external relations of the department and is the liaison for the department’s Baldwin County campus where she manages the public relations and communication curriculum.

She was nominated for the award by PRAM. Other nominees were Dr. Linda Webster, Louisiana State University/Shreveport (PRAL) and Dr. Brigitta Brunner, Auburn University (PRCA).


Past Educator of the Year Recipients:

  • 2012 – Suzanne Horsley, PhD, University of Alabama – PRCA
  • 2011 – Melissa “Missy” LaBorde, APR, Louisiana State University/Alexandria – PRAL
  • 2010 – Lisa Darnell, APR, University of North Alabama – PRCA
  • 2009 – Robin Street, APR, University of Mississippi – PRAM
  • 2008 – Laura Walton, PhD, APR, Mississippi State University – PRAM