Public Relations Educator of the Year (2012)
  • State Award: West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Crystal Awards

Faculty Excellence in Civic Engagement Award (2012)
  • University Award: West Virginia University Center for Civic Engagement’s Civic Engagement Awards Competition

Golden Quill Teaching Award (2014)
  • School/College-based Award:  A competitive honor based solely on student nominations and awarded by the P.I. Reed School of Journalism (now Reed College of Media) at WVU
Promising Professor Award: First Place (2012)
  • National Award: AEJMC Mass Comm & Society Division’s Promising Professor Awards Competition

                                              Teaching-related Awards                                                  

 

 

PR SuPRstar Award for Professional Freedom & Responsibility (2011)
  • National Award: AEJMC Public Relations Division’s SuPRstar Awards Competition, 2011

                       Professional Awards for Student-based Campaigns                        

 

In 2013, I began entering student campaigns in the West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America's Crystal Awards competition. We had some success, so I decided to work with students to enter for other tactic-based areas as well, as time has permitted. The entries are judged by other PRSA chapters across the nation. Following is a list of my students' winning entries from the PRSA-WV Chapter's Crystal Awards Competitions.

Crystal Award for External Communications Campaign. #BrandMatewan (2016)
Crystal Award for Book. #BrandMatewan Brand Guide (2016)
Crystal Award for Research. #BrandMatewan (2016)
Crystal Award for Integrated Communications Campaign. Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) Public Affairs Team (2016)
Honorable Mention for Research. Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) Internal Relations Team (2016)
Honorable Mention fo Social Media. Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) (2016)
Crystal Award for Community Relations Campaign. Morgantown Early Learning Facility (ELF) (2015)
 
Crystal Award for Logo. Morgantown Early Learning Facility (ELF) (2015)
 
Crystal Award for Website. for the Morgantown Early Learning Facility (ELF) (2015)
 
Crystal Award for Long-form Video. Morgantown Early Learning Facility (ELF) (2015)
 
Crystal Award for External Relations Campaign. Green Earth Event Services (GEES) (2015)
 
Crystal Award for Research. MSNAP (2015)
 
Honorable Mention for Research. Green Earth Event Services (GEES) (2015)
 
Honorable Mention for Poster. Morgantown Early Learning Facility (ELF) (2015)
Crystal Award for Community Relations Campaign. Buy Local Shinnston (2014)  
 
Crystal Award for Brochure. Buy Local Shinnston (2014)
 
Crystal Award for Logo. Buy Local Shinnston (2014)
 
Crystal Award for Poster. Buy Local Shinnston (2014)
 
Crystal Award for Research. Buy Local Shinnston (2014)
 
Honorable Mention for External Relations Campaign. West Virginia Manufacturers Association (2014)
 
Honorable Mention for Poster. West Virginia Manufacturers Association (2014)
 
Honorable Mention for Research. West Virginia Manufacturers Association (2014)
 
Honorable Mention for Special Events & Observances (7 days or less). Health Sciences & Technology Academy (2014)
 
Crystal Award for Social Media Campaign. WVU Center for Civic Engagement (2013)     
 
Crystal Award for Community Relations Campaign. Buy Local Fairmont (2013)        

                       PRSSA Awards During My Tenure as Faculty Adviser                            

I served as PRSSA faculty adviser from fall 2008 through spring 2014 for one of the founding chapters of the organization. During my service, the officers and I worked to make the organization more professional, while sticking to our long-standing focus on community service. In addition to increasing the number of professional development and service opportunities as well as active members, we competed for university, state and national awards and worked to get more members involved through active committees. We were able to accomplish all of those things and more. After earning tenure in May 2014, I decided to step down so I could spend more time on my research and on administrative duties, while giving a newer faculty member an opportunity to step in with fresh ideas and to interact with our ambitious, energetic and talented students.  

PRSSA Star Chapter Award (national honor) from PRSSA National (2013)
 
PRSSA Chapter Development Award (national honor) from PRSSA National (2013)
 
Chosen to lead a chapter development session titled “The Key to Captivating Community Service,” led by members Brittany Lavenski and Becca Mullin, at the PRSSA National Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. (2013)
 
3rd Place PRServing America Award (community-service based honor) from the national PRSA Chapter (2013)
 
Crystal Award for Outstanding PRSSA Chapter (state honor) from the West Virginia Chapter of PRSA (2013)
 
First runner-up, Student Organization of the Year at West Virginia University (2013)
 
PRSSA President Brittany Lavenski was honored with the $2,000 Bob O’Gara Student Scholarship Renaissance Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of PRSA (2013)
 
PRSSA Officer Kelli Snedegar was honored with the $2,000 Bob O’Gara Student Scholarship Renaissance Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of PRSA (2012)
 
Student Organization of the Year at West Virginia University (2011)
 
PRSSA Member Lindsay Bailey was awarded the $2,000 Bob O’Gara Student Scholarship Renaissance Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of PRSA (2011)
 
National Teahan Award for Community Service (2009)

 

Associate Professor | Strategic Communications | Public Relations

Rita Colistra, Ph.D.

 

Reed College of Media

West Virginia University

P.O. Box 6010

Morgantown, WV 26505

Personal email: rfcolistra@gmail.com

Work email:  rita.colistra@mail.wvu.edu

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