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  Faculty Profile  Faculty ProfileLast Modified Time: 05:15:31 PM Mon, 20 Jul 2015 
 Samra Jones Bufkins
 Contact Information
Samra Jones Bufkins
Lecturer-Mayborn School of Journalism
 
Contact address   1155 Union Circle, Denton, TX 76203     Office LocationMail Box: 311460, General Academic Building, Room No.: 113 
Email  Samra.Bufkins@unt.edu    Contact Number (940) 565-2167    Cell Phone (214) 708-5653   
Keywords Public Relations, PRSSA, PRSA, Strategic Communications, Social Media, Issues Management, Crisis Communications, Public Affairs, Marketing Communication, Corporate Communications   
toggle toggle  Professional Preparation
 Degree Major/Thesis/Dissertation Institution Year
APR Professional Accreditation Public Relations Society of America 1996
Master of Journalism Public Relations/Marketing North Texas State University 1987
Bachelor of General Studies Television Production, Journalism and English University of Kentucky 1977
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Fall 2015JOUR5330001Strategic Social Media Download Syllabus
Summer 5W2 2015JOUR4270001Strategic Social Media Download Syllabus
Summer 5W2 2015JOUR5330001Strategic Social Media Download Syllabus
Spring 2015JOUR4470001Ethics,Law and Diversity in Strategic Communications Download Syllabus
Spring 2015JOUR4460002Public Relations Communication Download Syllabus
Spring 2015JOUR4460001Public Relations Communication Download Syllabus
Spring 2015JOUR4270001Strategic Social Media Download Syllabus
Spring 2015JOUR5330001Strategic Social Media Download Syllabus
Fall 2014JOUR3410001Public Relations for Non-Profits Download Syllabus
Fall 2014JOUR4270001Strategic Social Media Download Syllabus
Fall 2014JOUR4460001Public Relations Communication Download Syllabus
Fall 2014JOUR5120001Strategic Public Relations  
Summer 5W2 2014JOUR4270001Strategic Social Media Download Syllabus
Spring 2014JOUR5900707Advanced Problems in Journalism  
Spring 2014JOUR5350001Seminar in Journalism Download Syllabus
Spring 2014JOUR4470001Ethics,Law and Diversity in Strategic Communications Download Syllabus
Spring 2014JOUR4460002Public Relations Communication Download Syllabus
Spring 2014JOUR4460001Public Relations Communication Download Syllabus
Spring 2014JOUR4270001Strategic Social Media Download Syllabus
Fall 2013JOUR5350007Seminar in Journalism and Mass Communications Download Syllabus
Fall 2013JOUR5350001Seminar in Journalism and Mass Communications Download Syllabus
Fall 2013JOUR4460001Public Relations Communication Download Syllabus
Fall 2013JOUR4270001Strategic Social Media Download Syllabus
Fall 2013JOUR3410001Public Relations for Non-Profits Download Syllabus
Summer 5W2 2013JOUR4980001Experimental Course Download Syllabus
Spring 2013JOUR5350001Seminar in Journalism and Mass Communication Download Syllabus
Spring 2013JOUR4980001Experimental Course--Strategic Social Media Download Syllabus
Spring 2013JOUR4460002Public Relations Communication45Download Syllabus
Spring 2013JOUR4460001Public Relations Communication45Download Syllabus
Fall 2012JOUR 5350007Seminar in Journalism and Mass Communications  
Fall 2012JOUR4460002Public Relations Communication45Download Syllabus
Fall 2012JOUR3420002Public Relations Writing45Download Syllabus
Fall 2009JOUR5100002Problems in Public Relations Download Syllabus
Spring 2012JOUR5900707Advanced Problems in Journalism45Download Syllabus
Spring 2012JOUR5350001Seminar in Journalism45Download Syllabus
Spring 2012JOUR4800707Professional Internships Download Syllabus
Spring 2012JOUR4470001Ethics,Law and Diversity in Strategic Communication45Download Syllabus
Spring 2012JOUR4460002Public Relations Communication45Download Syllabus
Spring 2012JOUR4210001Topics in Journalism and Mass Media--Strategic Social Media45Download Syllabus
Spring 2012JOUR3420002Public Relations Writing45Download Syllabus
Spring 2011JOUR4470001Ethics,Law and Diversity in Strategic Communications47Download Syllabus
Spring 2011JOUR4460002Public Relations Communication48Download Syllabus
Spring 2011JOUR4460001Public Relations Communication48Download Syllabus
Spring 2011JOUR4210001Topics in Journalism and Mass Media: Strategic Social Media47Download Syllabus
Spring 2010JOUR4470001Ethics,Law and Diversity in Strategic Communications46Download Syllabus
Spring 2010JOUR4460002Public Relations Communication45Download Syllabus
Spring 2010JOUR4460001Public Relations Communication45Download Syllabus
Spring 2010JOUR3420002Public Relations Writing48Download Syllabus
Fall 2011JOUR5350007Seminar in Journalism and Mass Communication  
Fall 2011JOUR4800707Professional Internship in Public Relations Download Syllabus
Fall 2011JOUR4470001Ethics,Law and Diversity in Strategic Communications48Download Syllabus
Fall 2011JOUR4460002Public Relations Communication48Download Syllabus
Fall 2011JOUR4460001Public Relations Communication48Download Syllabus
Fall 2010JOUR5100002Case Problems in Public Relations45Download Syllabus
Fall 2010JOUR5100001Problems in Public Relations45Download Syllabus
Fall 2010JOUR4470001Ethics,Law and Diversity in Strategic Communications48Download Syllabus
Fall 2010JOUR4460001Public Relations Communication45Download Syllabus
Fall 2010JOUR3420002Public Relations Writing48Download Syllabus
Fall 2009JOUR5100002Problems in Public Relations45Download Syllabus
toggle toggle  Research and Expertise
Broadcast Television
 
Five year career in broadcast television included work in television production, on-air talent, film editing, programming management and public affairs programming.
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
 
Twenty-three year career in public relations includes strategic communications for the healthcare, environmental, energy, petrochemical, shipping and electricity industries, encompassing public relations, crisis communications, issues management, fund raising, internal communications, governmental relations.  Skillsets utilized include strategic planning, writing, editing, photography, publications management, public organizing, consensus-building, teaching, coaching and mentoring.  Worked for public relations agency, non-profit organizations, a Texas state agency and Fortune 500 companies.
Project management and technical writing
 
Engineering department technical writer and project manager for a major medical center in Saudi Arabia, coordinating medical equipment procurement for a turn-key construction project of 300,000 square meter hospital addition.  Worked with medical staff from 43 different nations.   Also managed the closed-circuit television channel for hospital employee residential compound.
toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2010-PresentLecturerMayborn School of Journalism and Mayborn Graduate Institute of JournalismMayborn School of Journalism and Mayborn Graduate Institute of JournalismUniversity of North Texas
2009AdjunctMayborn Graduate Institute of JournalismMayborn School of JournalismUniversity of North Texas
1986-1987Teaching AssistantDepartment of JournalismTA to the head of the advertising sequence, assisting with principles of advertising, advertising campaigns and advertising sales classesNorth Texas State University
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
2010-201180020
toggle toggle Publications
  Type  Publications per page   
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  YearPublication  Type
2011
Published
Draft reviewer: Reference Groups, Mob Mentality, and Bystander Intervention: A Sociological Analysis of the Lara Logan Case1
 
Elaine Replogle, PhD
Sociological Forum, Vol. 26, No. 4, December 2011
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
2010
Published
blog: St. Mark Guatemala Mission Team http://stmarkguatemala.blogspot.com/
 
Samra Jones Bufkins
St. Mark Catholic Church
Other
2009
Published
blog: The View from Little D http://theviewfromlittled.blogspot.com/
 
Samra Jones Bufkins
self-published blog about public relations, media and culture
Other
1995
Published
Overcoming Citizen Obstacles to Beneficial Uses of Dredge Material
 
Samra Jones- Bufkins, et al
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Monograph
1993-1997
Published
Galveston Bay Soundings
 
Various
Galveston Bay Foundation
Non Refereed(Non-peer reviewed)Journals
toggle toggle Editorships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2002-2005CenterPoint Energy Political Action Committeewebmaster and newsletter editorEditor/writer/production manager
1999-2002Reliant Energy/CenterPoint EnergyProject Manager, Delivery Group Public AffairsEditor/writer/production manager
1993-1997Galveston Bay FoundationPublic Affairs and Outreach DirectorPublications editor
1991-1993Galveston Bay National Estuary ProgramPublic Participation DirectorPublications editor
toggle toggle Lectures/Symposia
YearTitleRoleOrganization
2014Workshop on Social Media BasicsSpeakerJunior League of Dallas Sustainers Group
2012-2013Social Media Strategies for Non-Profit OrganizationsSpeakerCenter for Nonprofit Management, Dallas Texas
2011Ethical Decision Making Models for use in the Practice of Public RelationsSpeakerPublic Relations Society of America, Dallas Chapter
2011-2012The Need for Ethics in Business and CommunciationsSpeakerUniversity of Dallas, School of Business Administration
2007-2009Communications SummitorganizerPublic Relations Society of America, Dallas Chapter
2007-2008Communications SummitspeakerPublic Relations Society of America, Dallas Chapter
2000International Association of Business Communicators International ConferenceattendeeInternational Association of Business Communicators
1995International Gulf of Mexico SymposiumspeakerEnvironmental Protection Agency
1993First State of the Bay Symposiumplanner/organizer/presenterGalveston Bay National Estuary Program
1992International Gulf of Mexico SymposiumspeakerEnvironmental Protection Agency
toggle toggle  News
BP Response to oil spill
 
June 3 and June 10, 2010, interviewed by KRLD-AM radio (reporter Barbara Schwarz) about BP's public relations efforts in wake of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout and spill. Mention was made that I am an instructor of public relations at UNT.

Learning Curve: Education Goes Digital in the 21st Century
 
Dallas Business Journal, October 10, 2010
Article by Steve Garmhausen about social media in the classroom.

Cities Cast Net into Social Media
 
Denton Record Chronicle 12/31/11
Quoted in article about municipal uses of social media to communicate with citizens.

Into Hostile Territory
 
Denton Record Chronicle 1/7/12
Article about community relations tactics of some gas drillers in the Barnett Shale. Quoted specifically about the ethics of these tactics and provided information about how to accomplish these goals ethically. Provided background information to the reporters about the Public Relations Society of America.

Crisis management experts praise Perry team’s response to debate gaffe
 
Dallas Morning News 11/10/11
Quoted in article about Governor Rick Perry's team's response to a memory lapse in a televised debate.

Mesquite schools’ superintendent takes to Twitter to connect with public
 
Dallas Morning News 10/31/11
Quoted in article related to a school district superintendent's use of social media to connect with the public.

Technology playing greater role in inappropriate student-teacher relationships
 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 6/25/11
Quoted in article about inappropriate online relationships between public school teachers and students. This story was distributed nationally by the wire services and appeared in other newspapers as well.

Could Twitter or Facebook have made a difference?
 
Yahoo! News 9/9/11
Quoted in nationally-distributed story for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks.

News & Information in the Afternoon
 
Weekly radio spots on KLIF 570 AM talk radio, discussing social media issues and trends. Fall 2013--May 2014.

Feb. 4, 2013 Facebook's 9th Birthday
 
KLIF 570 AM Talk Radio interview about Facebook's 9th anniversary.

March 13, 2013 Interview about Pope Francis
 
KLIF 570 AM Talk Radio interview about social media during the Papal Conclave and the announcement of the new pope.

July 2013 Interview about British Royal Baby
 
KLIF AM 570 Talk Radio interview about the social media announcement of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son.

July 29, 2013 Museum Tower Fake Social Media
 
KLIF 570 AM Talk Radio interview about the ethics of fake social media personas in the wake of the dispute between the Museum Tower and Nasher Scupture Center.

Social Media Ethics in Public Relations, August 3, 2013
 
Blog Talk Radio
Thirty minute Internet radio program focusing on ethics in social media related to the Museum Tower dispute with the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

Attack of the Documom December, 2013
 
DFW Child
Interviewed for online magazine article about parents who overshare about their children on social media, and precautions they should take.

Media may share responsibility for Sikh Temple Shootings
 
Maynard Media Center on Structural Inequity
August 16, 2012 article about the role of the media and social media in the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin.

toggle toggle Presentations and Projects
  Presentations/Projects per page   
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2010 2012 Graduate Certificate Program in Public Relations
Developed and obtained approval for a 15 hour graduate certificate in public relations targeted toward professional journalists, public relations practitioners, educators, authors, writing instructors, editors and researchers currently working in the media, public relations, advertising or business arena with an interest in or responsibility for public relations.
2009 2009 Putting Accreditation in Public Relations into your Career Plan
Presentation to 80 Public Relations majors at Southern Methodist University as part of their annual career development event.
2005 2009 Accreditation in Public Relations
Presentations to the Dallas Public Relations Society of America's annual conference about the value of Accreditation in Public Relations and the steps to be taken to attain Accreditation.
toggle toggle Consulting Activities
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)*Company/OrganizationRoleFundingWork Performed
2013-PresentAlzheimer's Association of Greater DallasOther Volunteer committee member advising communications staff and CEO about strategic communications initiatives
2011-PresentDenton County Transportation AuthorityOther Advising CEO and executive staff about strategic uses of social media in order to increase customer engagement and ridership.
2012Denton Economic Development Office, City of Denton & Downtown Denton AssociationOther Arranged for Journalism 4460 students to work with downtown businesses on a branding program for the downtown district.
2012Denton Economic Development Office/City of DentonOther Arranged for Journalism 4460 students to develop concepts and publicity plans for the proposed Denton Arts Walk of Fame.
2010Texas State Historical AssociationOther Arranged for Journalism 4460 students to work with TSHA to prepare two major campaigns: one to re-brand the Texas Almanac, and the other a membership campaign targeted at younger audiences and incorporating social media.
2010Denton County Transportation AuthorityOther Arranged for JOUR 4460 students to work with DCTA staff in preparation of a comprehensive public relations campaign for the launch of the DCTA A-Train project
2009-2010Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportOther Internal Communications Consulting
2008-2010Cap Rock EnergyOther Public Relations Consulting
toggle toggle Affiliations
PRSA Educators Academy
http://www.prsa.org/Network/Communities/EducatorsAcademy/
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
http://www.dfwworld.org
Dallas Friday Group
http://www.dallasfridaygroup.org/programs.html
Leadership Houston
http://www.leadershiphouston.org/
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JOUR 3410 Public Relations for Nonprofits
 
Taught Fall 2013. Introduction to public relations focusing on nonprofit governance, strategies, and communications. Lecture format with exercises in planning, writing, communications audits, and case studies.

JOUR 3420 Public Relations Writing
 
Basic public relations writing course in the Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT. Intensive writing course.  Students are required to choose an actual client (business, government or non-profit), with all classroom assignments written for that client.  Publication of  one feature story about their client is a requirement.  Students gain an understanding of client service and relationship-building.  Social media applications are introduced in this course, and students are expected to produce finished pieces utilizing basic graphic design principles.

JOUR 4270.001 Topics (Social Media Strategies/meets with JOUR 5350.707))
 
First taught Spring 2011, repeated Spring 2012 and Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 (as Journalism 4980). Permanent course number took effect in Fall 2013, offered every long semester and one summer session. Course in strategies, tactics, ethics and legal issues surrounding use of social media in strategic communications, including the sociological and cultural influences on emerging media. Emphasis is on public relations and advertising applications of social media but news/editorial journalism majors are included because of their constant interaction with public relations professionals. Students will explore emerging technologies and apply them to real-world problems through class activities, analytical exercises, case study analyses, and exposure to social media professionals.

JOUR 4460 PR Communications
 
Advanced public relations writing and campaign design course in the Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT. (Spring 2010--present)  Intensive writing class. During the first half of the semester students build on the skills they learned in Jour 3420 by creating advanced writing assignments for their client from that class.  Social media skills and strategies are emphasized, with required assignments that supplement writing for traditional media--for example, students are required to blog regularly about public relations and society, and apply what they are learning in their classes to observations of the public relations profession. The second half of the semester engages the students working in teams in a project to design a public relations campaign for an actual client chosen by the instructor. Students gain experience solving real-world problems as well as counseling and working with external clients.  For Spring 2010 students presented comprehensive marketing/PR programs (with produced collateral materials) for the Denton County Transportation Authority's rollout of light rail service between Lewisville and Carrollton.

JOUR 4470 Ethics, Law and Diversity for Strategic Communications
 
Spring & Fall 2010, Spring & Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Spring 2014. Core capstone course in communications ethics, legal and diversity issues for strategic communications majors in the Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT. (Spring 2010--present) Students are introduced to the history and theories of ethical behavior and given the tools necessary to make ethical business decisions.  The are expected to become familiar with the codes of ethics of the following organizations:  PRSA, IABC, WOMMA, NIRI, The Arthur Page Society, and other professional organizations within the strategic communications field. They will be expected to apply their knowledge of these codes to actual case studies and blog posts. Combining theory with practice, the students are challenged to analyze events in strategic communications and the media in real time as well as historical case studies. Students are required to blog regularly about current topics chosen by the instructor, applying theories and codes of ethics learned in class to their analysis of the topic.  Media law and diversity issues as they apply to strategic communications are integral throughout the course, and the evolving use of social media is studied and analyzed from legal, ethical and diversity perspectives.  Awareness of diversity issues--in the workplace, in the media, in our culture--is an underlying theme applied to all class discussions and projects.

JOUR 4800 Professional Internship
 
All Fall and Spring semesters. Supervision of Public Relations internships at agencies, corporations, nonprofits and sports organizations. (Spring 2010--present)

JOUR 5350 Topics in Journalism (Formerly JOUR 5100)
 
Fall 2009 and Fall 2010 (as JOUR 5100) and Fall 2011 & 2012 as JOUR 5350. Graduate public relations survey class in the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at UNT. (Fall 2009--present, fall semesters) Students are exposed to numerous concepts and problems in public relations through extensive exposure to guest speakers from the profession, strategic planning, readings and an integrated planning exercise.  Students are required to keep a blog in which they will discuss cases and presentations by guest speakers.

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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
2014-PresentMu Epsilon Theta Catholic SororityStudent OrganizationUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingFaculty Advisor
2012-PresentAlpha Tau Omega FraternityStudent OrganizationUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingVarious Projects
2012-PresentSwoopUNT Student-Run Strategic Communications AgencyUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingSocial media and public relations advisor
2012-PresentNT DailyUNT PublicationUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingSocial media advisor
2011-PresentUNT Social Media ClubStudent Professional Association Faculty AdvisorUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingVarious Projects
2011-PresentPublic Relations Society of America, Dallas ChapterEthics OfficerIndustry Mentoring/AdvisingVarious Projects
2011-PresentGravitasUNT Ad TeamUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingSocial media and public relations consultant/informal advisor
2010-PresentPublic Relations Student Society of America, UNT ChapterStudent Professional Association Faculty AdvisorUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingVarious projects
2014Kelcey Blanks, Savannah Bragg, Cindy Brugge, Blair Burney, Kyle Kehrwald, Mariam Khan, Kathryn Krevo, Kayla Lavender, James Mendez, Briana Mendoza, Amy Scaggs, Cody Ward, Epiphany WoodsSpring 2014 Professional InternshipsUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising5th Ave. Salon & Spa, Lewisville ISD, Aclarus Marketing, Raze Media, Allied Integrated Mktg. K-Strategies Public Affairs, UNT Honors College, D Magazine, Beverly Drive Magazine, Alzheimer's Association Dallas, M.Gianni Collection, Obsidian Public Relation
2013Sarah Clement, Shante' Clinton, Erica Connolly, Marcus Hutchison, Amy Lux, Mendy Puckett, Bree Ray, Jeannette Silva, Wylee WooldridgeSpring 2013 Professional InternshipsUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingUNT Press, United Way of Denton County, The Marketing Arm, The Compass Group, BizCom Associates, Golin Harris, Social Media Delivered, Denton County Friends of the Family, Complete Landsculpture.
2013Sydney Mayeux, Katherine SpainFall 2013 Professional InternshipsUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingAllen Americans professional hockey team, FC Dallas professional soccer team.
2012Clare Cawley, Alexandra Cheatham, Sarah Gifford, Shannon Raymond, Mackenzie YelvingtonFall 2012 Professional InternshipsUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingMoroch PR, Safety Control, Power Public Relations, Ward Welding & Supply, UNT Student Activities.
2012Stephanie AlbertiniGraduate Student Independent Study ProjectGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingStrategic communications plan for a start-up business
2012Katy HartwickGraduate Student, Independent Study ProjectGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingComprehensive Communications Program for a retreat/resort property in East Texas
2012Cameron MeyerGraduate Student, Independent Study ProjectGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingSocial Media Audit and Plan for the Mayborn Literary Conference
2012Alex Arrick, Loren Bolton, Sarah Duke, Abigail Glavy, Esther Kanyua , Ryan Melson, Lacy Preston, Catherine Shuler, Lindsey YoungSpring 2012 Professional InternshipsUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingIdea Grove PR (2), Workflow One, Dallas Business Journal, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Allied Integrated Marketing, Trinity Business Partners, Power Public Relations
2011Sara Alderman, Brandi Champlin, Monika Dinkins, Kenyon Kirkpatrick, Kristoffer Lemons, Lauren Miller, Teresa RodriguezFall 2011 InternshipsUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingProfessional Internships at Social Media Delivered, Ansira Ad Agency, Coppell Chamber of Commerce, Terra Firma Racing, MADD, Moroch Patrners and Dallas Business Journal
2011Emily Dickens, Amoya Edwards, Aquia Francisco, James Hart, Sarah Kubischta, Lesley Merritt, Lindsey Powell, Kimberly Pratcher, Christine Sidhu, Kaitlyn Taylor, Keve Thomas, Julieane Verdes, Hannah WubushetSpring 2011 InternshipUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingProfessional Internships at The Richards Group (2),Image Advantage, Moroch Partners (2), Granada Theatre, Big Ink PR, Scripture Union, Texas Tornado Hockey Team, Texas Back Institute, Allied Integrated Marketing, Video Plus, Boys & Girls Clubs
2010Megan UnruhSpring 2010 InternshipUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingProfessional Internship, Texas Motor Speedway Marketing Department, 3 hours credit
2010Betsy HutsonSpring 2010 InternshipUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingProfessional Internship, Texas Motor Speedway News & Information office, 3 hours credit
2010Carrie RodgersFall 2010 InternshipUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingProfessional Internship, C. Pharr & Company Public Relations. 3 hours credit.
2010Craig SiroisFall 2010 InternshipUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingProfessional Internship, Moroch Partners Public Relations
2010Victoria GreenFall 2010 InternshipUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingProfessional Internship, ESPN Radio
2006-2010Public Relations Society of America Dallas ChapterAccreditation ChairIndustry Mentoring/AdvisingTraining and mentoring Public Relations professionals who are candidates for Accreditation in Public Relations
2008-2009Public Relations Student Society of America, UNT ChapterChapter LiaisonUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingRepresented the Dallas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America as industry advisor to the PRSSA chapter
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2013-PresentFaculty Search CommitteememberSearch committee for digital news lecturer
2013-PresentFaculty Search CommitteeChairSearch committee for Faculty Director
2012-PresentMayborn School of Journalism Curriculum CommitteememberSchool committee
2011-PresentMayborn School of Journalism Scholarship/Research CommitteememberChoosing scholarship recipients
2010-PresentMayborn School of Journalism Assessment/AccreditationmemberMonitoring course and SoJ assessment activities and accreditation records
2011-2012Faculty Search CommitteememberStrategic Communications lecturer searches (2)
2010-2012UNT Publications CommitteememberChoosing NT Daily Editorial Staff
2009-2012Mayborn School of Journalism Alumni and Advancement CommitteememberDeveloping ways of keeping alumni involved and advancing the SoJ
2010Faculty Search CommitteememberAdvertising position search
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2011-PresentPRSA Dallas ChapterEthics OfficerPublic Relations professional association
2008-PresentPress Club of DallasMemberJournalism and Public Relations professional association
2006-PresentPRSA Fort Worth ChapterMemberJournalism and Public Relations professional association
1988-PresentPublic Relations Society of AmericaMember/various officesPublic Relations professional association
1987-PresentKappa Tau AlphaMemberJournalism honorary society
2008-2012Texas Public Relations AssociationMemberPublic Relations professional association
1999-2012Galveston Bay FoundationTrusteeNon-profit organization working to preserve and protect Galveston Bay for its multiple uses
2010-2011PRSA National Accreditation Marketing CommitteeMemberPublic Relations professional association
2007-2010PRSA Dallas ChapterAccreditation ChairMentoring and training
1988-2005PRSA HoustonMemberPublic Relations professional association
1997-1999PRSA Houston ChapterProgram Committee co-chairPublic Relations professional association
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2014Honors ProfessorUNT Honors Day Convocation
2014President's Community Engagement Honor RollUNT
2013Soaring Eagle AwardUNT
2010-2013Named by students as a faculty member who served as a source of support and inspiration.UNT Honors Day April 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
2005Team Captain of the YearNational Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter
2001Excaliber Award for Outstanding Internal PublicationPRSA Houston Chapter
2001Excaliber Award for Outstanding Video ProductionPRSA Houston Chapter
2001Volunteer of the YearReliant Energy
1996Outstanding Magazine/JournalWomen in Communications, Houston Chapter
1989Outstanding Speechwriting AwardWomen in Communications, Houston Chapter
1987MembershipKappa Tau Alpha
1987William Darby Richardson Memorial ScholarshipNorth Texas State University
toggle toggle Field Experience
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Company/OrganizationPosition
2013-PresentAlzheimer's Association of Greater DallasCommunications Committee
2012-PresentDenton County Transportation AuthoritySocial media consultation to upper management
2006-2010Southridge Communications Consultants, Denton TexasOwner and principal strategic communications consultant
2002-2005CenterPoint Energy, Houston Texas (formerly a division of Reliant Energy)Communications Manager, Governmental Affairs and Regulatory Operations
1999-2002Reliant Energy, Houston TexasProject Manager, Delivery Group Public affairs
1997-1999Brown Nelson Public Relations, Houston TexasSenior Account Executive
1993-1997Galveston Bay Foundation, Webster, TexasPublic Affairs and Outreach Director
1990-1993Texas Water Commission, Houston TexasPublic Participation Director, Galveston Bay National Estuary Program
1988-1990Hermann Hospital, Houston TexasAssociate Director of Development and producer, Children's Miracle Network Telethon
1986-1987North Texas State University Journalism DepartmentTeaching Assistant, Advertising
1986KDAF-TV, Dallas TexasWriter, promotions department
1982-1985King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaSpecial Projects Manager, Royal Cabinet Engineering Office
1981-1982RCA VideoDisc, Indianapolis IndianaQuality Assurance Manager, Video Mastering
1979-1981WTHR-TV, Indianapolis IndianaAssistant Director of Public Affairs
1977-1979WTHR-TV Indianapolis, IndianaFilm Director
1977WTVQ-TV, Lexington, KYFilm Editor
1975-1977WLEX-TV Lexington, KYStudio production crew, on-air talent
toggle toggle Professional Community Engagement
YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2014EverCare MedicalAdvising TAMS students on social media and PR for their startup nonprofit organization.Mentoring, coaching, community relations
2013Denton County Transportation AuthorityFacilitated student and citizen participation in social media focus groupscommunity volunteer
2013Opera on Tap/Mayborn School of Journalism/UNT College of MusicFacilitated student project to brand start-up classical music organizationMentoring, coaching, community service.
2013Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas ChapterCommunications Committeecommunity service, community volunteer, consulting
2013City of Denton Parks & Recreation DepartmentFacilitated student project developing communications plan for recreation centers.Mentoring, coaching, community relations
2012-Denton County Transportation AuthorityCitizens' Advisory Committeecommunity volunteer
2012Downtown Denton/Denton Economic Development Office & Mayborn School of JournalismFacilitated student project developing program to brand downtown Denton as "more than the square."Mentoring, coaching, community relations.
2012Downtown Denton/Denton Economic Development Office & Mayborn School of JournalismFacilitated student project developing communications plan for the Downtown Arts District and proposed Denton Walk of Fame.Mentoring, coaching, community relations.
2011Mayborn School of JournalismFacilitated student project developing branding program for a new financial services product to be launched by USAA in the first quarter, 2012Mentoring, coaching, community relations
2011Denton County Transportation Authority/Mayborn School of JournalismFacilitated student project developing branding program targeted at students, faculty and staff of UNT and TWU for the new DCTA A-Train serviceMentoring, coaching, community relations
2011-Denton Police DepartmentInformal advisor on social media policies, procedures and ethicscommunity volunteer
2010Denton County Transportation Authority/Mayborn School of JournalismFacilitated student project involving developing a public relations campaign for the Denton County Transportation Authority A-Train serviceMentoring, coaching, community relations
2010St. Mark Guatemala Mission ProgramWebsite developer, blogger and content managercommunity volunteer
2010Texas State Historical Association/Mayborn School of JournalismFacilitated student projects developing branding program for the Texas Almanac and a membership program for the Texas State Historical AssociationMentoring, coaching, community relations
2009-Mayborn School of JournalismAlumni/Advancement CommitteeAssist development of events and programs to engage alumni and keep students involved once they graduate--includes Homecoming and annual Journalism Banquet.
2008-2010Fort Worth ZooClinic volunteerVolunteer
2006-2009National Multiple Sclerosis Society North TexasSafety Director/Communications Manager, MS-150 bike tourRecruited, trained and managed 65 safety riders for a two day, 150 bile ride between Frisco and Ft. Worth, Texas
2002-2003Leadership HoustonOrganized Quality of Life Day programming for leadership training classescommunity volunteer
2000-2005National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star ChapterMS-150 bike tour team captain and steering committee memberReliant/CenterPoint Energy team captain and steering committee member for a two day, 185 mile bike tour from Houston to Austin, Texas
1996-2001USCG Unified Command Public Affairs CommitteeProviding crisis communications expertise and resources for joint information center planning for response to oil spills and disasters in the Galveston-Houston coast Guard districtCommunity volunteer and counselor. Committee included representatives of the USCG, area shipping and shore-side industries, environmental organizations and government agencies.
1988-2005Houston Zoological GardensDocent and SpokespersonVolunteer, teaching, media spokesperson
toggle toggle Renowned Teachers
James L. Rogers, PhD
Distinguished professor at NTSU and inspiration for my interest in social media.

Dwight L. Teeter, Jr., Ph.D
Chair of the Journalism Department at the University of Kentucky and co-author of "Law of Mass Communications."

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Samra Jones Bufkins, MJ, APR
Samra Jones Bufkins received her Bachelor of General Studies, a self-directed interdisciplinary degree, from the University of Kentucky with emphasis on television production, journalism and English.
After several years working in television production, programming and public affairs and three years in Saudi Arabia, Sam made the shift to Public Relations when she earned her MJ from North Texas State University (Now UNT). 
Her career in public relations includes strategic communications for the healthcare, environmental, energy, petrochemical, shipping and electricity industries, encompassing public relations, crisis communications, issues management, fund raising, internal communications, and governmental relations.  She has worked for agencies, non-profits, a state agency and Fortune 500 companies, and is Accredited in Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Sam enthusiastically incorporates social media strategies and applications into her classes in public relations writing, PR communications, public relations for nonprofits and ethics for strategic communications. Sam developed (and still teaches) the first strategic social media class at UNT, bringing in nationally-known speakers and technical experts. She is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha and is the faculty advisor to the UNT chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the UNT Social Media Club and the ATO fraternity. Her teaching philosophy involves combining theory with practice while mentoring and coaching students as if they were junior employees of her PR firm or corporate communications department.

She lives in Denton with her husband and is active in the Dallas and Fort Worth chapters of PRSA where she has assumed leadership positions in the Accreditation and Professional Development programs. She serves on the communications committee of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Dallas. Prior to joining the Mayborn faculty she was the Dallas PRSA chapter liaison to the UNT PRSSA chapter, and for four years chaired the Accreditation committee, shepherding more than a dozen PR practitioners through the process of becoming Accredited in Public Relations. She has also served on the PRSA national Accreditation Marketing Committee. 
Sam is fascinated with social media and its effect on society and traditional media, and wishes Marshall McLuhan were alive today to experience the current communications renaissance in the 21st Century global village.
In her spare time Sam loves to garden, bicycle, volunteer for her church (including maintain the website for their Guatemala mission) create jewelry, and “collect” interesting people.  She also enjoys photography and travel and has visited or lived in 23 different countries to date.

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Intensive Spanish language instruction (2008)
Six week total immersion Spanish language program in Guanajuato, Mexico, including living with a local family.

Leadership Houston Class XVIII (2000)
Selective leadership program in Houston, Texas

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