An Opportunity to Lead.
A Chance to Affect Change.
A Time to Be Visionary.
The opportunity: Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professorship in Public Affairs Communications
Grady College is honored to announce its search for the Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professorship in Public Affairs Communications. The professorship is a singular holding for UGA, Grady, and among schools and colleges of journalism and mass communication nationally. It was created to prepare students for the essential role of communications and media at the heart of public affairs leadership. There is no other program like it. The emphasis on communications makes it distinctive.
The professorship is the vision of alumna Carolyn Tieger (ABJ ’69), a Washington public affairs communications veteran who has committed a gift of $1 million to the University through her estate for an eventual chair. The Tieger Professor will anchor the great student interest in public affairs communications careers at Grady, liaise with our newly created Washington, D.C. program and lead the Public Affairs Communications Certificate program the college has created in partnership with the School of Public and International Affairs.
With more than 100 Grady-SPIA double majors, we have an opportunity to more directly prepare students for careers in public affairs communications – a rapidly evolving field of increasing importance to our graduates because it is a leadership track with excellent career prospects in press and media relations, campaign and issues management, advocacy advertising, policy, government and legislative affairs, corporate affairs and digital engagement. The Tieger Professor presents a unique opportunity to position Grady College and the University of Georgia as a leader in the study of public affairs communications.
Public Affairs Communication is a rapidly growing field just looking for a place to take hold and grow young professionals armed with the skills necessary for careers in public policy, politics and advocacy. It is a specialized communications skill set aimed at educating, driving or changing public opinion around a public policy, legislation, political candidates or issues. It includes skills such as understanding and executing public opinion research, political and advocacy campaigns, grassroots and ally development, opinion writing, advocacy advertising, and new media mobilization, among others. It's cutting-edge communications strategy for a digital age, designed to move public opinion and make a difference in the world.
Grady College students now have the opportunity to master these skills through classroom study and experiential learning at both the UGA Athens campus and through the new Grady@DC program in the heart of our nation's capitol. Together with our partners at UGA's School of Public and International Affairs, we're poised to break new ground and inspire the next generation of public affairs communications professionals. All we need is you!