Larissa A. Grunig, professor emerita, is retired from the faculty of the University of Maryland, where she had taught public relations and communication research since 1978 and served as the president’s Special Assistant for Women’s Issues. She has received the Pathfinder Award for excellence in research, sponsored by the Institute for Public Relations; the Jackson, Jackson, and Wagner Behavioral Science Prize; and the Outstanding Educator Award of the Public Relations Society of America. She was co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Public Relations Research and has written more than 200 articles, book chapters, monographs, reviews, and conference papers on public relations, activism, science writing, feminist theory, communication theory, philosophy and ethics, and research. She co-authored the first book about women in public relations. She has lectured to campus and professional audiences in more than 35 countries. Dr. Grunig continues to serve as a consultant in public relations. In 2011, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec in Montreal and the Presidential Award of the International Public Relations Association.
James E. Grunig, is a professor emeritus of public relations in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland College Park. He is the coauthor of Relações públicas: Teoria, contexto e relacionamentos (Public relations: Theory, Context, and Relationships), Excellent Public Relations and Effective Organizations: A Study of Communication Management in Three Countries, Managing Public Relations, Public Relations Techniques, and Manager's Guide to Excellence in Public Relations and Communication Management. He is editor of Excellence in Public Relations and Communication Management. Grunig has written 246 other publications such as book chapters, journal articles, reports, and papers. He has won seven major awards in public relations: The Arthur W. Page Society Distinguished Service Award; The Pathfinder Award for excellence in public relations research of the Institute for Public Relations Research and Education; the Outstanding Educator Award of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA); the Jackson, Jackson and Wagner Award for behavioral science research of the PRSA Foundation; the Alexander Hamilton Medal for Lifetime Contributions to Professional Public Relations of the Institute for Public Relations; the Lloyd Dennis Award for Distinguished Leadership in Public Affairs (with Larissa A. Grunig) from the Public Affairs and Government Section of PRSA; and the Dr. Hamid Notghi Prize for Career Achievement in Public Relations from the Kargozar Public Relations Institute, Tehran, Iran. He also won the most prestigious lifetime award of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research. He was the 45th annual Distinguished Lecturer of the Institute for Public Relations in 2006.
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