Dr. Augustine Ihator

392 Merrill Hall


Ph.D. Mass Communications, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
M. A. Mass/Speech Communications, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
B.A. Journalism, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

Language Skills

Excellent French. University of London French Proficiency Certificate


Fall 2002 to date: Professor and Coordinator of Public Relations
Department of Communication, Jacksonville State University, AL

2001-2002: Trainer
Foreign Journalists Education Program. Funded by U.S. Congress and administered by the USAID, Internews and the Western Kentucky University

Fall 1996-2002: Associate Professor of Public Relations
School of Journalism & Broadcasting, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Summer 1996: Copy-Editor, Reporter, Feature Writer
“Jackson Sun,” TN

Fall 1991 to Spring 1996: Associate Professor and Coordinator
Mass Communications Program, Lane College, Jackson, TN

Fall 1993 to Spring 1996: Adjunct Professor, Speech Communication
Jackson State Community College, TN

Fall 1993 to Spring 1994: Interim Chair, Liberal Studies Division
Lane College, Jackson, TN

Summer 1992: Public Affairs Consultant
United States Department of the Army, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Washington, D.C.

1987-1990: Director and Founder
Africa Communications Institute, Washington, D.C.

1986: Communications Consultant
The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Publications and Presentations

Extensively published in professional and peer reviewed scholarly journals. Among others, published in Corporate Communication : An International Journal, Public Relations Quarterly, and Communication World.

Presented papers at the annual conferences of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Educators Academy; American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS); Auburn University Diversity Research Conference; and University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Communications Annual Communications Symposium.

Professional Membership
Member of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

Fellowships and Awards
Received various scholarly research awards from Western Kentucky University and Jacksonville State University, AL. Also received fellowship awards from the following organizations:

  • United States Army Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE): Institute for Journalism Excellence
  • Institute for Journalism Excellence: Jointly organized by American Press Institute and the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE)
  • C-Span In The Classroom: Workshop for College Professors
  • Dow Jones Newspaper Fund: Copy Editing Seminar for Professors
  • American Press Institute: Minority Journalism Program
  • The Poynter Institute for Media Studies: Journalism Education Workshop
  • Howard University Terminal Degree Fellowship

Service to University Community

Served as Member of the Board of Directors, Jacksonville State University Foundation; JSU Faculty Senate; and Search Committee for Dean of the College of Business and Industry.

Chair of the following Department of Communication Committees: Diversity & Inclusion; Curriculum; Recruitment. Member of Department’s Student Grievance Committee and Events Planning Committee.

Community/Professional Service

Provide pro bono service to area businesses and non-profit organizations in Calhoun County and Etowah County, Alabama, through the public relations capstone course, invitation, and volunteering. Periodically review textbooks on behalf of publishers.

Augustine Ihator

Courses Taught

  • COM 330 Introduction to Public Relations
  • COM 340 Public Relations Writing
  • COM 380 Communication Law
  • COM 395 Ethics and Global Journalism
  • COM 400 Public Relations Case Studies
  • COM 401 Media Advertising and Sales 
  • COM 440 Public Relations Campaign Management