Suzanne Lowery Mims

Suzanne Lowery Mims

Suzanne Lowery Mims

Adjunct Faculty

Social media and engagement, public relations, writing in the digital age.

Suzanne Lowery Mims is a communication professional with experience ranging from Capitol Hill to the boardroom.  Her career includes positions as a US Senate press secretary, a federal agency public information officer, and as a senior executive in advertising and public relations agencies.  The best job she has ever had, however, is the one she has now: helping to launch careers. To that end, she guides students through hands-on projects that help build industry knowledge, develop job-ready skills and provide interview-quality writing and work samples.

Why study public relations? Professor Mims says it opens the door to many career pathways:

What is COMM 204, Intro to PR, all about? Here's Suzanne's answer:

Hear what Suzanne has to say about COMM 384, PR and Social Media:

Suzanne calls Writing for PR (Comm 391/308) a "life hack" toward developing skills you'll use your entire career:

Since 2012, Suzanne has been a member of The Insight Committee of leading communication executives who advise the department and sponsor student-focused events and mentoring. She spent five years as the academic director for the Global Public Relations Study Abroad Program in London during winter break, an intensive two-week immersion in global PR, social media, and strategic communication through interaction with leading professionals in agencies, corporations, government, public affairs, and nonprofits. 

Suzanne earned a Master's degree in strategic communication at Mason with a focus on how social media have altered public relations as it has been practiced for the past 100 years. You can find her on Twitter @mimsPR.  Visit her website for course descriptions and program summaries:

Selected Publications

"Teaching audience analysis through worksheets: Approaching audience analysis as qualitative research,"
(2021) by Julia Hathaway, Elizabeth Duesterhoeft, Nicole Leavey, Karen Akerlof, Suzanne Mims & Katherine Rowan. The Journal of Public Relations Education, Vol. 7, Issue 2. 

"PATHWAYS to Public Relations: Student Handbook" (2016) by Suzanne Mims, Katherine Rowan, and Daniel Walsch.

"Principles of Public Relations: Communication 330 Student Handbook & Guide to PR Communication 330," 4th Edition by Katherine Rowan, Daniel Walsch, and Suzanne Lowery Mims


Courses Taught

COMM 391/308 Writing for Public Relations

COMM 384  PR and Social Media

COMM 331  Campaigns: Advanced Principles of Public Relations

COMM 204  Introduction to Public Relations

COMM 411  Public Relations Practicum

COMM 392  GlobalPublic Relations Study Abroad in London (#UKPR16)

COMM 303 Writing Across the Media

COMM 335 Organizational Communication


MA., George Mason University, 2012
B.S., Kent State University, 1976, magna cum laude


In the Media

#MasonCOMM Enters First ICCO University PR World Cup Challenge: 

MasonCOMM Team Wins AEJMC Great Ideas for Teaching Award

Amid COVID19, Mason PR Students Target Fake News, Social Isolation and Support for Front Line Workers in Social Media for Social Good campaigns

Mason Students Use Social Media for Social Good

Real Projects, Real Results.

Public Relations in 140 Characters or Less? It's #Comm399.

Veteran Post Reporter Shares Tips and Tales from Courts & Cops Beat

Public Relations Students Feed the Hungry, Fight the Flu and Find Funds

GMU Students Dive into PR and Come Up With Results