Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, is Adjunct Professor of Communication at The University of Tampa (FL), after having taught for nearly 20 years at Curry College in Milton, MA. He also is Faculty Adviser to the UT PRSSA chapter. In addition to his academic life, he is a member of the Board of Directors of PRSA Tampa Bay, chairs the chapter’s PRSSA/New Professionals Committee, and serves as the chapter’s first Ethics Officer.
Prior to his move into academia, Kirk practiced nonprofit and government public relations and marketing for more than 35 years in the US as well as Asia. During his professional career, he managed communication programs for healthcare and member services organizations as well as the US Army and US Air Force in Vietnam, the Philippines and the United States. He also provided consulting services for both the Manila and the Singapore Red Cross.
Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Kirk has served as a member of PRSA’s national Board of Directors and has held leadership positions with PRSA Educators Academy and PRSA Northeast District as well as with the Boston and Hawaii PRSA chapters. He was inducted into PRSA’s prestigious College of Fellows in 2009.
A graduate of the Department of Defense’s Defense Language Institute/English Language School, and Defense Information School/Public Affairs Officer Course, Kirk holds a B.A. degree from the University of Georgia, and a B.S. and M.B.A. from Golden Gate University.
Passionate about his profession, Kirk shares his experience and his insatiable curiosity with his students, encouraging them to stretch themselves to succeed. He brings real-life public relations challenges into the classroom, providing students with hands-on experience that prepares them for post-graduation opportunities.