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Portrait of Jonathan SlaterDr. Jonathan R. Slater

Director, Institute for Ethics in Public Life
Associate Professor of Public Relations
Chair, Department of Journalism and Public Relations
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Dr. Jonathan R. Slater has led the institute since 2016. He is a professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations and also leads the Jewish Studies Program at SUNY Plattsburgh. Slater holds a Ph.D. in media ecology from New York University and worked for two decades in public relations, advertising, economic development and public television before joining the faculty at the college. Prior to his faculty appointment at SUNY Plattsburgh, he regularly taught courses for New York University, ÉFAP-New York, Clinton Community College, and New York state’s former Inmate Higher Education Program. Additionally, Slater taught in the college’s graduate administration and leadership program and for several years helped to plan and lead the program’s Creating Quality Visions workshops. He has also taught as a visiting faculty member in media studies at Western University in London, Ontario.

More recently, Slater acted as a media relations consultant to politicians and political candidates in Québec, which he has called home since departing New York City more than 30 years ago. In addition to pursuing scholarly projects related to ethics, Slater’s writings and public lectures have focused mostly on the history, role, and effects of mass media in Canada and the U.S. He currently participates as a faculty associate in the college’s Center for the Study of Canada. Slater recently served as co-chair of the college’s Social Justice Task Force, chair of the Social Justice Advisory Council, and currently sits on the president’s Inclusiveness Excellence Council. In his time at the college, Slater has received two faculty awards and a student service award.

Fall 2021

Michelle Ouellette, APR

The Institute for Ethics in Public Life is pleased to welcome Michelle Ouellette as leader of the fall colloquy series. Ms. Ouellette is a past institute fellow and serves as associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations.

Learn more about Michelle Ouellette

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