Maureen Taylor, UT School of Advertising and Public Relations director and Beaman Professor, was named an International Communication Association (ICA) Fellow at the 2018 ICA annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic, May 24 – 28.
Being named an ICA Fellow is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes the individual’s distinguished scholarly contributions and service to the profession. Taylor is the first ICA public relations division member elected to this elite group and the first ICA Fellow from UT.
“I’m humbled and honored to be named an ICA Fellow,” said Taylor. “Becoming part of this legendary group of communication scholars, provides me with even greater inspiration to contribute, serve and lead.”
Her public relations research has focused on nation building and civil society, dialogue, and the use of websites and new technologies. Her research has taken her to post conflict nations in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. During her academic career, she has published more than 60 refereed journal articles in communication, public relations and media journals.
In 2010, Taylor was honored with the Pathfinder Award, presented by the Institute for Public Relations in recognition of her “original program of scholarly research that has made a significant contribution to the body of knowledge and practice of public relations.” She is a member of the Arthur S. Page Society and serves as editor of Public Relations Review. Taylor earned her PhD and MA in Communication from Purdue University.
“Maureen Taylor’s selection as an ICA Fellow is a tremendous honor that clearly recognizes her as a leading communications scholar,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “Her sustained level of scholarly productivity coupled with her dedicated service and leadership have had a remarkable impact on the public relations field.”
The “International Communication Association (ICA) is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of US researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 4,500 members in 80 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association (NGO).” (ICA website)