New York, NY – Dr. Juan-Carlos Molleda, Edwin L. Artzt dean and professor of the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, will receive the 2022 Institute for Public Relations Pathfinder Award for his significant and sustained contributions to the field of public relations through research, education, and leadership. Dr. Molleda will accept his award at the 60th Annual IPR Distinguished Lecture and Awards Dinner on Dec. 1, 2022, at Current at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

The IPR Pathfinder Award is presented annually to an individual whose published work positively impacts the profession and research community by bridging the two.  The IPR Pathfinder Award Committee comprising IPR Trustees, past winners, and academic leaders in the field recognized Molleda’s noteworthy achievements and outstanding research.

“Dr. Molleda has no peer when it comes to public relations scholarship involving Latin America,” said Dr. Donald K. Wright, the Harold Burson professor of public relations in the College of Communication at Boston University. “He continues to produce quality scholarship even while serving as dean at one of the nation’s premiere journalism and public relations academic units.”

Dr. Molleda is a noted researcher, scholar, professor, consultant, and dean.  His research is globally recognized as are his numerous books, chapters, and articles, and introduced the international academic community to the theory of cross-national conflict shifting and the social role of public relations professionals in Latin America. Since 2014, he has been the co-director of the Latin American Communication Monitor, which is part of the Global Communication Monitor program that the European Public Relations and Research Association (EUPRERA) organizes.

“With an award that recognizes a career of significant and sustained research, Dr. Molleda is a strong example of how a public relations scholars can make an impact,” said Dr. Marcia DiStaso, professor and associate dean for research at the University of Florida and 2021 IPR Pathfinder Award winner. “His international public relations expertise, especially in Latin America, has led to professional and scholarly impacts.”

Dr. Molleda serves as a Trustee on the Board of IPR, a board member for the Plank Center for Leadership, and on the board of directors at The LAGRANT Foundation. He is also a member of the HIV Alliance’s board of directors, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s leadership council, and University of Sharjah (UAE) College of Communication’s advisory board.

Tickets to IPR Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner
Tickets for the IPR Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner are sold out as are sponsorships, however, there is a waitlist.  The evening includes a networking cocktail reception sponsored by The University of Florida, the awards dinner, and Distinguished Lecture. Visit the website to learn more about the 60th IPR Annual Distinguished Lecture and Awards Dinner.

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Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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