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Associate Professor

Frances L. Wolfson Building Room 3012
5100 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: (305) 284-3153
Fax: (305) 284-3648


Dr. Tilson holds a Ph.D. from Stirling University in Scotland. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He has served as a public relations manager for BellSouth and as past president and national assembly delegate of the Miami chapter of PRSA and 2005 national chair of PRSA's International Professional Interest Section. Presently, he serves on the national board of governors for the Religion Communicators Council.

In 1998, he was inducted into PRSA's College of Fellows, a "hall of fame" for practitioners and educators who "have demonstrated superior capability, exhibited personal and professional qualities as a role model, and advanced the state of the profession." Since the inception of the College in 1988, less than two percent of PRSA's almost 20,000 members have been so honored. In 2008, he received the Bill Adams PRSA Lifetime Achievement Award (Miami Chapter Public Relations Society of America) for “exceptional leadership and contributions to the profession, community and education.” The University of Miami presented him its Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005.

His research interests include international corporate public relations, particularly in Latin America and Europe, and religion and communication. His work has appeared in journals in London, Madrid, and South Africa. He has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and the Universidades Industrial and Autonoma in Barcelona. His book, Toward the Common Good: Perspectives in International Public Relations (Allyn & Bacon), one of the few books on the subject, was published in October 2004.