Communication Studies

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Curriculum emphasizes ethical and philosophical relationships of the individual to society.

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SMU's award-winning debate program provides solid preparation for developing the student's voice.

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Access to outstanding hands-on experiences includes working the Republican and Democratic national conventions, consulting with boards of nonprofit organizations and participating in international travel programs.

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Students can network with executives from Dallas-area companies through SMU’s PRSSA chapter.

Sandra Duhé

Umphrey Lee 229

Sandra Duhé

Chair of Communication Studies, Associate Professor, and Director of Public Relations

Sandra Duhé, Ph.D., APR combines an extensive corporate background, interdisciplinary degrees and a love of teaching and learning to explore, expand and promote the contributions of public relations to business, society and those who need a voice.

Duhé began her corporate career as a financial analyst for Conoco, and then went on to serve as a public affairs manager for Conoco, Mobil, and ExxonMobil with extensive experience in media relations, community outreach, brand management and crisis response. She earned her interdisciplinary graduate degrees while working full-time in the energy sector.

Dedicated to shifting the common misperception that public relations focuses solely on publicity, Duhé enjoys preparing her students to be research-savvy managers who are well versed in business principles and readily able to tie communication strategy to business strategy. She likewise encourages students to have a service mindset and partners with underserved nonprofits to teach the principles of public relations practice. Her research and commentary focus on the role of public relations in capitalism, democracy and society and have been published in venues including Public Relations Review; Public Relations Journal; Corporate Communications: An International Journal; The Global Public Relations Handbook; and The Institute for Public Relations. She is the editor of the book New Media and Public Relations, the first scholarly text of its kind published by Peter Lang in 2007, followed by a second edition in 2012.

Education

Ph.D., Political Economy, University of Texas at Dallas
M.S., Applied Economics, University of Texas at Dallas
M.S., Communication (Public Relations), University of Louisiana at Lafayette
B.S., Business Administration (Corporate Finance), Louisiana State University

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