Athens, Ga. – Lynne Sallot, professor of public relations at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been named recipient of the 2008 Pathfinder Award from the Institute for Public Relations. The award will be presented at IPR’s Annual Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the New York City Yale Club.
Sallot received the $2,000 Pathfinder Award for a program of scholarly research that has made a significant contribution to public relations. Sallot’s research theme, “Connecting Theory with Research, Teaching, and Practice,” focuses on theory development and application.
This latest national award for Sallot comes on the heels of two high profile recognitions. In 2007, she received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Public Relations Society of America, and in 2008 she was honored with the UGA’s highest teaching award, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship.
After 15 years at UGA, Sallot has won many teaching awards for her classes in public relations campaigns, public relations communication, public relations research and graduate public relations theory.
Cited as a gifted classroom instructor by both current and past students, the former public relations executive entered into the teaching profession later than most. At midlife, her career path took an abrupt turn when she decided to pursue her Ph.D. in order to teach full time.
What Sallot left behind was a successful 15-year career in travel/tourism and non-profit public relations culminating in her own PR firm in Florida. For six years she also was a print journalist/editor in Toronto; Miami; Akron; and Cleveland, Ohio, her hometown.
Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers seven undergraduate majors including advertising, broadcast news, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and telecommunication arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to WNEG-TV, the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, see http://www.grady.uga.edu/.