Austin, TX (6.9.09) – On Friday, June 5th, Dr. Mary Ann Stutts, professor at Texas State University in San Marcos, was honored as the 2009 American Advertising Federation Distinguished Advertising Educator. Awarded annually, the Distinguished Advertising Educator Award recognizes the best advertising professors in the country.
Sadly, due to mechanical difficulties with the plane, Dr. Stutts was unable to attend the Awards Ceremony, held during the 2009 AAF National Conference in Arlington, VA. However, four of her former Texas State University students accepted the award on her behalf.
“Receiving the AAF Distinguished Educator Award is THE highest honor a faculty member can receive who has devoted their career to advising AAF student competition teams,” said Dr. Mary Ann Stutts. “But, faculty are only a reflection of how good their students are. Students who come through an AAF program are the cream of the crop who challenge faculty everyday to “think outside the box.””
Throughout her three decade teaching career, Dr. Stutts has published research regarding consumer behavior and marketing to children and young adults, and she has helped jumpstart the careers of hundreds of students. Each year since 1980, she has led a team of students in the AAF’s National Student Advertising Competition, and her teams have nine first-place district finishes, 13 national appearances and two national wins. During this time, Dr. Stutts also served on the AAF’s academic committee and was the committee’s chair in 1993.
As a result of teaching and research dedication, Dr. Stutts has received numerous honors and awards including the AAF District 10 Outstanding Educator Award, the Austin Advertising Federation Educator of the Year Award and the Texas State Alumni Association Teaching Award of Honor. Her work has been published in the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Marketing and Public Policy, Journal of Academy of Marketing Science and American Journal of Health Behavior.
If that wasn’t enough, Dr. Stutts continue to give back to the Austin Ad community, she is the Ad Education Vice President for the Austin Advertising Federation, a position she’s held for over 3 years.
“Dr. Stutts’ contributions to the advertising community extend far beyond the Texas State campus. She has been a tireless advocate for the industry and an indelible influence on so many, including myself. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor than Mary Ann,” said Paul Bradshaw, president of the Austin Advertising Federation.
“I can honestly say Dr. Stutts is the most influential professor I’ve ever had the pleasure and honor of learning from,” said Adolfo Ruiz, former Texas State University student and member of the 2009 i5 Advertising Team. “She pushes us to work hard and examine the task at hand from every angle, yet she gives us enough freedom to apply what she has taught us.”
About the Austin Advertising Federation
The Austin Advertising Federation’s mission is to support the city’s wide-ranging marketing and creative community as a positive force in the Central Texas economy and culture, and to promote its stature in the highly competitive national advertising industry. The Austin Advertising Federation is the only professional association that binds the mutual interests of advertisers, advertising/PR agencies, media companies, suppliers and academia. For more information, please visit www.austinadfed.com.