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Teri K. Henley

Professor, University of Alabama

Teri K. Henley, MBA, APR has more than 30 years experience in the academic and nonprofit communications fields. Throughout her academic career, Henley has provided her students the opportunity to be involved in course-relevant, “real life” experiences, in an effort to instill in them an ethic of service and a lifetime commitment of civic participation. She is adviser for Capstone Agency, the student-run communications firm, which has implemented numerous award-winning campaigns at the University of Alabama (UA). One of the most notable is the LessThanUThink anti-binge drinking campaign, winner of multiple Public Relations Council of Alabama Medallion awards, Southern Public Relations Federation Lantern awards and American Advertising Awards, including Best of Show. The campaign was also awarded a national Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil Award of Excellence.

Henley continues her active service with the American Advertising Federation. Current and previous involvement includes serving as student chapter faculty adviser, local club president, district board member and Chair of the National Academic Committee of the AAF where she continues to serve as a member. In 2005 and 2006 she served on the National Board of Directors of the AAF. One of her proudest accomplishments is working as faculty adviser for 27 AAF National Student Advertising Competition teams, leading them to district awards 15 times, to the national finals 7 times and a national first place finish in 1995. In 2009 and 2012 she worked with the UA teams that took second place national honors. She also served as faculty adviser for advertising projects and campaigns winning more than 30 Student Addy Awards from local AAF chapters and the Seventh District. She is recipient of the Donald G. Hileman Outstanding Advertising Educator Award from the Seventh District of the AAF and the Silver Medal Award from AAF-Tuscaloosa.

She was awarded the UA College of Communications Board of Visitors Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as the highest teaching award at the university, The National Alumni Association Outstanding Commitment to Teaching in 2013.

Since joining the UA faculty in 2007 she has worked with more than 40 community partners on service-learning initiatives. Before joining the UA faculty, she spent 15 years at Loyola University New Orleans where she was Associate Professor and Chair of the Communications Department and Director of the Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications. Her work through the Center gave her the opportunity to supervise more than 300 projects for nonprofit clients. She is author of 21 articles and 3 book chapters in the field of nonprofit communications, which is her research and teaching passion.


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