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Janis Teruggi Page, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor



Janis joined the Department of Communication at UIC in Spring 2019 upon completing a Fulbright distinguished chair appointment in the Czech Republic at Masaryk University. After a 20-year career in public relations and creative direction in the magazine industry, she joined academia in 2005 to teach a wide range of PR and strategic communication courses. Janis has been recognized for excellence in teaching and has broad experience in online pedagogy. Her faculty appointments have included George Washington University, American University, the University of Florida, and one illuminating year at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, during the Arab Spring.

Janis is the co-author of the 2019 Sage textbook, Introduction to Strategic Public Relations: Digital, Global, and Socially Responsible Communication, named “2019 most-promising new textbook” by the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. She is currently co-authoring a book for Wiley-Blackwell on visual theory and its application in the mass communication fields: Creating and Consuming Visual Culture: A Practical Guide.Her critical/cultural research focuses on visual rhetoric: she studies digital visual folklore, news images, and political advertising, satire, and social media messaging.Janis has presented and/or published more than 60 studies at national and international academic conferences, and in handbooks, edited volumes, and refereed journals.


Ph.D., Missouri School of Journalism