Educator of the Year

The Southern Public Relations Federation values the work of PR educators and their commitment to advancing the profession through teaching and research.

SPRF created the Educator of the Year award to honor the efforts of our outstanding professionnal educator members. The award recognizes a full-time educator who has taught public relations or a closely related discipline and who has demonstrated a commitment to advance the profession of public relations. We are currently working with past honorees and other educators to revitalize the award program, including ways to support and engage those who teach public relations.

For more information, please contact VP/Professional Development Leigh Perry Herndon.

Jensen Moore-Copple, Ph.D. is the 2014 award recipient. She is an assistant professor of strategic communication in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.

Her service-learning courses have engaged more than 160 students in civic engagement projects for 25 local non-profits in the past three years. She is currently the faculty adviser for PRSSA at LSU and the Manship School’s Bateman Team.

Prior to joining the LSU faculty Moore taught in the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University, overseeing its minors in public relations, advertising and sports journalism. She developed online graduate courses for the school’s Integrated Marketing Communication program while also designing and teaching online master’s courses for the Missouri School of Journalism and teaching at Wayne State University. She is considered an expert in online course development and instruction.  

She was nominated for the award by PRAL. The other nominee was: Karyn Brown, Mississippi State University (PRAM).

Past Educator of the Year Recipients

  • 2013 – Nadia Bush, University of South Alabama – PRAM

  • 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