Frank Irizarry

Instructor, Advertising, Public Relations & Social Media

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Frank Irizarry is an instructor in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, & Social Media. He received his M.A. in Speech Communication from Northern Illinois University and his B.A. from Marist College. His emphasis is in Health Communication and Public Relations. His scholarly interests include public relations, health communication, persuasion, communication apprehension, critical studies of popular culture and scientific communication. Frank teaches public relations courses at Suffolk University.

Prior to joining Suffolk, Frank served as the Director of Policy Debate and as Director of the Basic Speech Course at The University of Florida. Frank was a Lecturer, teaching courses in Public Relations, Argumentation and Legal Communication. He served at The University of Florida for eight years. While at The University of Florida, he developed courses for an online program in Gerontology Studies and taught graduate courses in Professional Communication for the University of Florida Business School.


  • MA, Northern Illinois University
  • BA, Marist College

Research Interests

  • Public relations
  • Health communication
  • Persuasion
  • Communication apprehension
  • Critical studies of popular culture and scientific communication

Employment History

  • Suffolk University
  • Stetson University
  • University of Florida
  • Pace University
  • Syracuse University

Selected Publications

  • "Communication in the Classroom: A Test for a Correlation between Communication Apprehension and Trait Argumentativeness," The Florida Communication Journal, Spring, 2002

Professional Activities

  • Worked as a guest columnist for the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Served as a consultant for the National Forensic Science Technology Center, a program developed from a grant administered through the Department of Justice to develop and implement communication-training protocol D.E.A. scientists, forensic toxicologists, ballistics experts, A.T.F. agents, and Crime Science Investigators.
  • Served as Director of Public Relations for Daytona Beach Thunderbirds Arena Football (af2) team.

Awards & Honors

  • Southeast Debate Coach of the Year, 2006
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Courses Taught

  • ADPR-101 - Intro to ADPR
  • ADPR-103 - Presentation Skills
  • ADPR-110 - Introduction to Debate
  • ADPR-2277 - Public Relations I
  • ADPR-2277 - PR I: Foundations
  • ADPR-230 - Hip Hop Culture
  • ADPR-258 - Sports Public Relations
  • ADPR-289 - Social Media
  • ADPR-3376 - Public Relations II: Research
  • ADPR-3376 - ADPR II: Research
  • ADPR-3376 - Public Relations II: Research
  • ADPR-3377 - PR III: Writing, Tactics, Too
  • ADPR-4477 - Public Relations IV
  • ADPR-491 - Spec. Topics: Hip Hop Culture
  • ADPR-701 - Applied Communication Research
  • ADPR-702 - MKT Comm. Research
  • ADPR-777 - Public Relations