Beth Eschenfelder


(813) 257-3120



401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

CA 124

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 homelessness.

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).