Meet Beth Eschenfelder
Associate Professor, Communication
Education: 1987 Syracuse University, B.A.
1989 Syracuse University, M.S.
2007 University of South Florida-Tampa, MPA
2007 University of South Florida-Tampa, Ph.D.
Courses Taught: Writing for Electronic Communication
Survey of Advertising and Public Relations
Writing for Advertising and Public Relations
Career Specialties: Dr. Eschenfelder has a long history working in some of the most
challenging fields of nonprofit management and public relations,
including homelessness, substance abuse and mental health, and
HIV/AIDS. She recently worked in an appointed position with the City of
St. Petersburg, where part of her duties involved community planning
and coordination of strategies to address homelessness.
Professional and Community Activities: Dr. Eschenfelder’s scholarship focuses on communication within
interorganizational relationships between and among nonprofits,
government and community (businesses, neighborhoods and citizen
groups). She has served in various leadership positions that involved
bringing diverse publics together to address pressing community
problems, including business district redevelopment,
neighborhood-nonprofit zoning issues, park revitalization and
She previously served as the president of the Florida Coalition for the
Homeless and the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless and as a
commissioner for the St. Petersburg Housing Authority. She continues
her strong commitment to charitable service through extensive
volunteerism and leadership.
Honors and Awards: The Ann Winch Fellowship for academic achievement, scholarship and
leadership at the graduate level; University of South Florida-Tampa
Graduate School (2007).
Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching
Assistant, University of South Florida-Tampa, Award Recipient (2003)
and Commendation (2004).
Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless, Special Service Award (2005) and President’s Award (1999).
Executive Director of the Year, Executive Service Corps of Tampa Bay (ESCOT), Finalist (2000 and 1998).