Kathryn Thier teaches public relations and journalism at the School of Journalism and Communication, drawing on 10 years of experience as a daily newspaper reporter and communications professional. She also coordinates the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism, a statewide journalism internship program open to all college students in Oregon.
As a staff writer for The Charlotte Observer, Thier earned first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the North Carolina Press Association and wrote a reader-favorite column about local development. She also covered local news and high school sports at Newsday. After leaving journalism, she directed communications and public relations for an e-commerce startup and a North Carolina private school.
- MS, Columbia University
- BA, Brown University
- David and Nancy Petrone Faculty Fellow, UO School of Journalism and Communication (2017-present)
- Williams Council Instructional Grant, UO Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education, (2017-2018)
- Invited inaugural member, UO Teaching Academy (2016)
- UO School of Journalism and Communication Outstanding Teaching by an Adjunct Instructor, 2014-15
- Gateway to Media I, II, and III
- Reporting I
- Reporting II: Solutions Journalism
- Strategic Writing and Media Relations
- Strategic Public Relations Communication