The Grunig Gala lecture series was created by Dr. Elizabeth L. Toth, Ph.D, Professor. The Grunig Gala honors James E. Grunig and Larissa A. Grunig, retired professors at the University of Maryland, for their seminal contributions to the field of public relations. The Grunig Gala is intended to honor the Grunigs by continuing to enrich the education of Maryland's public relations students.
The Tenth Annual Grunig Gala will feature Rob Flaherty as our keynote speaker. He is Chairman and CEO of one of the world’s top communications firms, Ketchum. University of Maryland communication students and alumni will also participate in a networking hour featuring the roundtable speakers and finally the event concludes with a reception. Registration for the event will be available soon.
The Grunig Lecture is the University of Maryland Department of Communication's premier event for communication professionals, students and alumni in the Washington, D.C. area.
Dr. Elizabeth Toth created the Grunig Lecture series in honor of James E. Grunig, Professor Emeritus, and Larissa A. Grunig, Professor Emerita. Both James E. Grunig and Larissa A. Grunig have made significant impacts and contributions to the field of public relations.
The first Grunig Lecture was held in 2008 at the University of Maryland.
The Grunig Lecture series:
Helps build relationships amoung students, Department of Communication alumni and Washington, D.C. area professionals.
Provides support for students majoring in communication, specifically those who are on the public relations track, at the University of Maryland.
Attracts Washington, D.C. public relations professionals to attend the event.
Elizabeth L. Toth, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, joined the Department of Communication of the University of Maryland, College Park, in the fall of 2004.
Toth has co-authored Women and Public Relations: How Gender Influences Practice; The Velvet Ghetto: The Increasing Numbers of Women in Public Relations, Beyond the Velvet Ghetto, and the PRSA Glass Ceiling studies. She edited The Future of Excellence in Public Relations and Communication Management: Challenges for the Next Generation. She co-edited The Gender Challenge to Media: Diverse Voices from the Field, Rhetorical and Critical Approaches to Public Relations and Rhetorical and Critical Approaches to Public Relations II.
Toth edited the Journal of Public Relations Research for six years. Currently, she is associate editor forJournalism Studies, an international journal.
Her co-edited book Rhetorical and Critical Approaches to Public Relations won the NCA PRIDE Award. She has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and papers.
She received the 1998 $2000 Institute for Public Relations Pathfinder Award for her research on gender issues and public relations.
She received the 2000 Jackson, Jackson & Wagner $1000 Behavioral Science Prize from the Public Relations Society of America.
Prior to 2004, Toth was associate dean for academic affairs, chair of the public relations department, and full professor of public relations at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
She previously taught at Southern Methodist University and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
She holds a B.A. in Speech from Northwestern University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Purdue University.
She chaired the PR Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She chaired the AEJMC Standing Committee on Research and chaired the AEJMC Publications Committee. She also chaired the Educators Academy of the Public Relations Society of America and the PR Division of the International Communication Association.
She chaired the PRSA Commission on Work, Life, and Gender Issues and was a member of the PRSA Foundation. She served on the Institute for Public Relations Board. She has served two terms on the Commission on Public Relations Education. She is an elected member of the Arthur Page Society.
She received the 1983 national PRSSA Outstanding Advisor (Frederick Tehan) Award. In 1994, she received PRSA's Outstanding Educator Award. In 2010, she was selected for the PRSA College of Fellows. She advised three PRSSA chapters.
Toth presented distance-learning courses for the S.I. Newhouse School's Master's in Communication Management and the Master of Science in Communication Management Program, University of Lugano, Switzerland. She has also lectured in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brazil, and Beijing and done educational consulting in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE.
Her 8 years of professional experience were in government relations. She was a community relations officer for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina and a public information officer for the State of North Carolina's Coastal Management Program.
She is currently principal investigator of a $21,000 grant from the PRSA Foundation to study the status of public relations master’s education in the United States.