Return To Campus Plan
Lipscomb University's comprehensive plan to return to campus.Learn More
Successful communication is at the core of any flourishing organization. Social media, press releases and electronic press kits are among the tools of the trade. At Lipscomb, we teach both the tools and the skills that help stories find their target audience.
Our seasoned faculty provides an integrated and creative community incorporating hands-on experiences. You will grow your digital communication knowledge with up-to-date and relevant media approaches. You will interact with real clients and serve their public relations needs, and learn to be an adaptable professional in an ever-changing field. Our goal is to immerse students in a creative community revolving around hands-on experience and informed by a strong liberal arts core.
You could go on to be a communication director, publicist, social media manager, spokesperson, account executive at a public relations firm or just about anything else you are passionate about. You’ll be equipped for graduate school as well, if that is the path you choose. Whichever direction you progress, a public relations major will get you there.
Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.
Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.
A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.
Aerial Ellis is a gifted speaker and strategist who launched her first public relations firm at the age of 22. Since, she has become sought-after for her ability to help...Learn More
Jimmy McCollum is a professor in the department, where he has taught since 1989 (after attending Lipscomb kindergarten through college). He earned his M.S. at Tennessee and his Ph.D. at...Learn More
Chair, Communications and Journalism
Alan Griggs is a senior manager of communications with diverse experience including television news reporting and management, political and corporate communications and teaching. In his role as a media consultant,...Learn More
Associate Professor of Communication
Sarah Gibson earned her B.S. in Electronic Media from Abilene Christian University and her MFA in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas. While at North Texas...Learn More
Jim Thomas teaches in the Graduate Education and Communication programs at Lipscomb University. He has also served as Instructor in Speech, Director of Advance, Director of University 1101, Director of...Learn More
Visiting Professor of Communication
Dr. Chandler provides leadership with the graduate and professional programs in communication as well as serving as teaching faculty graduate student mentor. He serves as the coordinator of graduate studies...Learn More
Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They craft media releases and develop social media programs to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.
Public relations managers plan and direct the creation of material that will maintain or enhance the public image of their employer or client. Fundraising managers coordinate campaigns that bring in donations for their organization.
Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio.