The College of Design Office of External Relations and Communications communicates to internal and external constituents about the excellence and social relevancy of the academic programs and people in the college, and provides services to department and programs to improve the effectiveness of communications, marketing, and outreach utilizing an integrated digital, print, and social media approach.

For news and information about our academic programs, please visit the College of Design website.

External Relations and Communications 
121 Lawrence Hall
5249 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5249


Brooke Freed, Assistant Dean of Operations and Administration
541-346-3703 |

Kate Conley, Communications Manager

Kara Rowan, Digital Communications Specialist
541-346-1442 |

College of Design News and Story Ideas

To submit a story idea for College of Design news, please use the submission form.

Media Relations and Faculty Expert Interviews 

ERC staff proactively work with media partners and serve as a contact for media requests. If you are interested in connecting with faculty experts for interviews and commentary on issues relating to our disciplines, please contact our staff above for recommendations and assistance.

Faculty members may contact our office for assistance coordinating interviews with news media and are encouraged to work with our staff to maximize media exposure for news stories and pitch news stories.


ERC assists in the strategic placement and analysis of external advertisements on behalf of departments and programs. Examples may include web or print advertisements for:

  • Targeted program recruitment campaigns (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD)
  • Building reputation (announcing new faculty, award recognition)
  • Communicating new programs
  • Job postings
  • High-profile events

Recruitment Materials

ERC staff meets with school/department leadership at the start of each academic year to discuss their recruitment goals, materials needs, and timelines for completion.

Examples of materials may include:

  • School-level viewbooks
  • Department or program brochures
  • Program information card (6” x 9”, 2-sided card)
  • Fact Sheet or Curriculum sheet (template)
  • Digital tools (e.g., digital display slide/plasma, PowerPoint template)
  • Web or print advertisements (see Advertising)

Requests for additional recruitment materials can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Resources for Department/Program Communicators 

The Office of External Relations and Communications (ERC) provides communications resources for the departments and programs in the College of Design. If you have questions or feedback about these resources, please contact the communications team.