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Terri Bailey

Assistant Professor
Phone: (239) 590-7649
Office: RH 206

Dr. Terri Ann Bailey specializes in teaching public relations courses. Prior to joining the faculty at FGCU, Terri taught at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNCCH). She received her Ph.D. from UNC-CH in 2008 as a Roy H. Park Fellow, studying under some of the leading scholars in public relations. Terri’s research has been presented at top national conferences; she won a PR research award for her model of teaching power distribution in Web communication tools; she has been published in Teaching Public Relations; and she won the national Arthur Page Society competition for her case study “McDonalds Corporation and the Issue of Health and Nutrition.”

Teaching is very important to Terri. “Reaching students and providing them with knowledge that will help them prepare for great careers in public relations is fun and rewarding for me. I love the challenge of engaging my students and helping them achieve positive outcomes from their college education,” Terri said. She is passionate about providing the highest quality education possible to her students and has been honored with a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and an Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) “Promising Professor” award for her student-focused pedagogy.

A native Floridian, Terri got her B.S. degree in Advertising with a minor in Management and Marketing from the University of Florida. She also got her Master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. Prior to returning to academia for her graduate degrees, Terri had an extensive career in public relations. She owned her own sports marketing business, The Smyth Team, Inc., and traveled worldwide promoting sponsored sailing teams in international competitions. She has also handled marketing for Hobie Cat in southern California and for Sun Britches, a Florida sportswear manufacturer.

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