Department of Communication

Student Organizations

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the official honors society of the National Communication Association and is an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies. There are over 400 active chapters worldwide.

Lambda Pi Eta's mission is to build a cohesive community of honor societies and to exhibit excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance. The organization represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as the three components of persuasion:

  • Logos meaning logic (Lambda)
  • Pathos meaning emotion (Pi)
  • Ethos meaning credibility and ethics (Eta)

The Six Goals of Lambda Pi Eta:

  1. Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies.
  2. Stimulate interest in the field of communication.
  3. Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors.
  4. Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication.
  5. Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students.
  6. Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

For more information, contact Amy Capwell-Burns.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is an organization for students interested in public relations. The organization seeks to advance the public relations profession by nurturing generations of future professionals. It advocates rigorous academic standards and the highest ethical principles and diversity in public relations.

Members have opportunities to connect with industry professionals on the local and national levels while enhancing their knowledge of public relations.

The UT chapter of PRSSA is currently looking for members. Students interested in public relations are welcome to join. For more information, contact Gigi McNamara.

PRSSA is organized into more than 300 chapters and is made up of more than 11,000 students. Headquartered in New York City, PRSSA is supported by its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

From recent college graduates to leaders of multinational firms, PRSA offers professional development and networking opportunities from more than 21,000 public relations professionals worldwide.

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and liberty. This organization stands on the premise that the role of journalists is to provide information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely, and understandable manner.

Their mission is to ensure that the concept of self-government, outlined by the U.S. Constitution, remains a reality in future centuries. SPJ believes it is the duty of journalists to keep the American people well-informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and local and national communities.

The UT chapter of SPJ is currently looking for members. Broadcast, print, and online journalists, journalism educators, and students interested in journalism are welcome to join. For more information, contact Dee Drummond.

Zeta Phi Eta

Zeta Phi Eta is the National Professional Fraternity in the Communication Arts and Sciences. This organization aims to build professional character and integrity while increasing preparedness for its members and other students in the College of Arts and Letters. Events held by Zeta Phi Eta are designed to enhance employment opportunities, assist in professional development, create networking opportunities, and give back to the UT community through philanthropic events.

Check out Zeta Phi Eta on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information, contact chapter president Abigail Tomalewski.

Last Updated: 6/27/22