Dr. Terry Flynn, APR, FCPRS
Dr. Terry Flynn, APR, FCPRS, LM is one of Canada’s leading public relations/communications management researchers and an important bridge between the academy and the profession.
Following a 20-year communications consulting career, Terry joined the faculty of McMaster University after completing his Ph.D. studies at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. During his professional career, he built an international practice specializing in crisis and risk communications and public/community engagement working with such organizations as: the Town of Walkerton Ontario; the U.S. Navy Public Health Agency; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada; and the Vinyl Council of Canada.
His advice and counsel has also been internationally recognized by: the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS); the International Association of Business Communicators; and the Community Relations Awards. Terry’s scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Canadian Journal of Communication, Corporate Communications, and the Journal of Professional. In 2015, Dr. Flynn was given the prestigious Philip A. Novikoff Award by the CPRS, for superior contributions to the advancement of the profession in Canada and throughout the world.
He is a member of a number of professional and academic organizations including: the Canadian Public Relations Society – and was its elected President in 2009-2010; the Institute for Public Relations (member of the Board of Trustees); the International Association of Business Communicators; the Arthur W. Page Society (member of the Board of Trustees); the Canadian Communications Association; and the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Terry, a life-long resident of Kitchener, Ontario, is currently on the faculty of the Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia at McMaster University in Hamilton, where he founded Canada’s first and only Master of Communications Management degree program in 2007. Dr. Flynn’s innovative teaching style was recognized in 2010 and 2011 when he was named “Professor of the Year” by the DeGroote School of Business. In 2018 he was named “Mentor of the Year” by the Canadian Public Relations Society.
Department of Communication Studies
McMaster University — www.mcmaster.ca
Director and Lead Professor:
Master of Communications
Syracuse University (United States)
University of São Paulo (Brazil)
Dublin City University (Ireland)
Ph.D. (2005). Syracuse University
M.S. (2002). Syracuse University
B.A. (1984). Carleton University
President, CPRS (2009-2010)
Fellow, CPRS (2008)
Life Member, CPRS (2018)
Trustee, Institute for Public Relations
Trustee, A.W. Page Society
Awards & Recognition
2018 – CPRS Mentor of the Year
2015 – Philip A. Novikoff Award
2011 – Best Professor
2010 – Best Professor
2008 – Bill Cockman Award
2002 – Leslie J. Moeller Award
Devin is a graduate of Conestoga College’s Broadcast Journalism Diploma program (2016) and is enrolled in Mohawk College’s Post-Graduate Public Relations Certificate Program (2019-2020). The combination of both programs positions Devin well in today’s multimedia, content-driven world.