Associate Professor, Public Relations
About: She teaches public relations, cultural studies, and qualitative methods. Scholarship foci: telenovelas, culture and society.
Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Georgia
M.A., Mass Communication, University of Georgia
B.S., Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Interests and Activities
Dr. Acosta-Alzuru specializes in critical and cultural studies, international communication and women's studies. She is the author of the books Venezuela es una Telenovela (Alfa, 2007) and La incandescencia de las cosas: Conversaciones con Leonardo Padrón (Alfa, 2013), and has authored or co-authored articles in Journalism and Mass Communication Monographs, The Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, Popular Communication, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Mass Communication and Society, Learning to Teach: What you need to know to develop a successful career as a public relations educator, The Global Dynamic of News and The Women's International Studies Encyclopedia. In addition, she has presented her work at numerous mass communication conferences.
Dr. Acosta-Alzuru teaches public relations, graphic communication and cultural studies. She teaches both an honors seminar (in Spanish) and an undergraduate course (in English) about telenovelas, culture and society. Some of the clients served by her public relations campaigns class include: Georgia Rural Development Council, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts, Foundation for Excellence in Public Education in Clarke County, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Terry College of Business, the Brain Train, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Athens Downtown Development Authority, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Acosta-Alzuru taught previously at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas.
Awards and Fellowships
2010 Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship- The Meigs Professorship is the University of Georgia's highest teaching honor.
2009 Inducted in the University of Georgia's Teaching Academy.
Top Two Faculty Paper. (2008)
Cultural and Critial Studies division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, IL.
2008 Roland Page Teaching Award
Each year the graduate students of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication select a faculty member who exemplifies the high standards of teaching and concern for students demonstrated by Roland Page.
2007 Darwin Davis Award
Inaugural recipient. The award was established by an endowment from Dean Cully Clark and his wife, Mary, to annually recognize a member of the Grady College faculty or staff whose performance reflects those qualities of dedication and friendship that best capture the Grady Spirit.
2004 Roland Page Teaching Award
2003 University of Georgia's Richard B. Russell Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
2003 Advertising/Public Relations Department Teacher of the Year.
2002 Roland Page Teaching Award
James E. Murphy Memorial Award. (2001)
Top faculty paper in the Cultural and Critical Studies division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC.
Top Faculty-Student Paper. (2001)
Public Relations division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC.
Top Three Paper. (2001)
Educators Academy of the Public Relations Society of America.
2001-2002 Lilly Teaching Fellow.
One of nine assistant professors selected to this prestigious university program. Participants are exceptional teachers who are interested in further developing the teaching and learning environment in the courses they teach.