From Clearwater to Jeddah: COMM alumnus is always seeking new challenges

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Dr. Tyler Adams

Florida State alumni can be found at any corner of the Earth – Saudi Arabia is no exception. Dr. Tyler Adams (M.S. ’92 Ph.D. ’95) is across the pond at the Jeddah College of Advertising in Saudi Arabia, serving as a Professor and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs.

In the two decades since leaving Tallahassee, Adams has been a man on a mission. After he completed a Visiting Scholar’s appointment at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, he taught media and journalism courses at:

  • University of Arkansas at Monticello
  • University of Louisiana
  • University of Iowa
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Yale (on behalf of the Junior Statesman Foundation)
  • Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • D’Annuzio University in Pescara, Italy

Long story short, Dr. Adams is living the dream.

The Jeddah College of Advertising is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Adams works alongside Dean Munir Alsayed in building a world-class institution. Since the college is relatively new, Dean Adams works to build curriculum infrastructure and maintain quality assurance standards at the men’s campus (Dahban) and the women’s campus (Sary).

With vast experience both stateside and internationally, he still sings the praises of Seminole Nation. “My 5 years at Florida State University under the doctoral direction of Professor Emerita Marilyn J. Young, Ph.D. was extremely instrumental to me, and I highly value the extraordinary education and network that the Seminole Nation have, as a direct result, provided me.”

Dr. Adams was recently selected as a CIES Fulbright Peer Review Committee Member by the Cultural Affairs Division of the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program was implemented in 1946 by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright and awards 8,000 grants annually, with over 310,000 “Fulbrighters” participating in the last 94 years. Adams is an alumnus of the program and is “very proud of representing Fulbright in this capacity.”

“I have found, some 25 years later, that the critical thinking skills required by my professors enabled me to become an independent, prolific, and authoritative voice in the discipline,” Adams fondly recalls.  “In short, FSU helped me find my voice.”