For more than 13 years DiStaso has taught in higher education including appointments at the University of South Florida, the University of Miami and Pennsylvania State University, where she won the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Promising Professor Award.
DiStaso's public relations campaigns with her students have received national recognition including a Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, three Hermes Creative Awards, a MarCom Award, a Communitas Award, a PRSA PR Serving America Award, and qualifying as a finalist for an IPRA Golden World Award.
DiStaso is very involved with Page Society, the Institute for Public Relations, and the PRSA, where she chaired the Financial Communications section for three years. She serves on the editorial board of many journals, as the immediate past chair of the PRSA Educators Academy and as a board member for the International Public Relations Research Conference.
DiStaso's currently serves as an associate professor in the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University. She teaches public relations and social media courses, conducts research, holds leadership positions in the public relations profession and operates a consulting business.
“We are blessed to have so many amazing educators teaching the next generation of public relations professionals. But even among that august group, Marcia stands out as a role model for her students and future professionals,” said Mark W. McClennan, APR, 2016 National Chair. “We are pleased to recognize her contribution to the Society, industry and the many students who have benefited from her expertise, research and commitment to helping us constantly strive to improve."
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