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First Name
Adrienne A.

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Assistant Professor

122 LSH


Field of Study
Advertising & Public Relations


Adrienne A. Wallace is an enthusiastic communicator with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors ranging in scope from nonprofit, health, education, government, hospitality, politics, lobbying and finance.

Adrienne teaches undergraduate courses mostly in the PR emphasis and has a passion for student-to-professional development. She advises the student-run PR firm GrandPR and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at GVSU. She also serves as the Ad&PR Internship Director and our Bateman Competition faculty advisor. Adrienne is a board member of the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America (WMPRSA), chair-elect of the East Central District Public Relations Society of America (ECDPRSA), and serves the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) on the social media committee and is the chair of the website committee. 

Adrienne received her Ph.D. in public administration with a focus in public affairs and public policy from Western Michigan University (WMU) where she focused on the intersection of public relations, participation and lobbying on the creation/implementation of public policy in the United States. 

She's a Grand Rapids Westsider, amateur chef, wife to tech/PR geek Derek DeVries and mother to rescue beagles Rosie and Watson.


Undergraduate courses in Public Relations.


Ph.D. in Public Affairs, Policy & Administration, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2018
M.P.A. in Government & Non-Profit Administration, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, 2008
M.S. in Communications, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, 2005
B.S. in Health Communications/Advertising/Public Relations, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, 2001