Department of Public Communication

Today the Department of Public Communications at VMU is one of the leading journalism, media, and communication schools not only in the Baltic States, but also in the CEE region countries. The academic staff of the department engages over faculty members (professors, lecturers, and PhD students) who are both active researchers and professionals in journalism and communications. The Department is also well known for its research and networking projects mainly supported through international (European) research initiatives such as European Commission 6th FP projects, COST program projects, Nordic Council projects, and other international, national, and local networking projects and initiatives. At present, three degree-programs are offered at the department. A study program in Public Communications (BA level) was introduced in 2010 as a result of VMU’s substantial experience in journalism and communications studies and research since 1998, when the Department of Journalism (today the Dept. of Public Communications) was established. In addition to these BA studies, two graduate programs are still offered by the department at present: Journalism and Media Analysis (started in 1998), and Integrated Communications (started in 2006). Both MA level programs are strongly focused on media research and comparative analysis, as well as practical skills training.

Communications Department has a broad partnerships network built through international academic exchange programs as well as with a wide range of professional associations, various institutions and media organizations in Lithuania and abroad.

Bachelor programme

  • Public Communication (taught in Lithuanian)

Master programmes

Department of Public Communication

  • V. Putvinskio str. 23 – 602, LT-44243 Kaunas, Lietuva
  • Ph. (+370 37) 327891
  • E-mail: vkk@pmdf.vdu.lt

Prof. dr. KRISTINA JURAITĖ

Head of the department, professor


Fields of academic interests

Media literacy, social communications, public space and discourse, culture of media

Email: kristina.juraite@vdu.lt

RŪTA VAINAUSKAITĖ

Administrator, assistant


Fields of academic interests

Journalism of sport, internship of public relations and public communication, Media

Email: ruta.vainauskaite@vdu.lt

Auksė Balčytienė

Professor


Fields of academic interests

Journalism and communication transformations, social processes and media studies, European public space

Email: aukse.balcytiene@vdu.lt

Audronė Nugaraitė

Associate professor


Fields of academic interests

Integrated communication, strategic communication and communication of leadership, public relations, social media

Email: audrone.nugaraite@vdu.lt

Mykolas Jurgis Drunga

Associate professor


Fields of academic interests

Objectivity and subjectivity in journalism, public media of Lithuania and Lithuanian diaspora

Email: mykolas.drunga@vdu.lt

LAURAS BIELINIS

Associate professor


Fields of academic interests

Political communication, elections

Email: lauras.bielinis@vdu.lt

Rimvydas Valatka

Associate professor


Fields of academic interests

Journalism

Email: rimvydas.valatka@vdu.lt

Ignas Kalpokas

Lecturer, PhD in political science


Fields of academic interests

Cyber security and hybrid conflicts, Media, culture and political theory

Email: ignas.kalpokas@vdu.lt

Jaq Greenspon

Associate professor


Fields of academic interests

Communication and media analysis

Email: jaq.greenspon@vdu.lt

Rytis Zemkauskas

Associate professor


Fields of academic interests

Journalism, theory and practice of interview, construction of narrative

Email: rytis.zemkauskas@vdu.lt

Algirdas Davidavičius

Lecturer


Fields of academic interests

Communication and media studies

Email: algirdas.davidavicius@vdu.lt

Kristijonas Jakubsonas

Lecturer


Fields of academic interests

Film production and film shoot

Email: kristijonas.jakubsonas@vdu.lt

Inesa Bunevičienė

Lecturer, PhD in political science


Fields of academic interests

Analysis and research of social networks

Email: inesa.buneviciene@vdu.lt

DONATA BOCULLO

PhD student


Fields of academic interests

Local marketing and tourism, state’s image formation, EU cultural politics, Formation of European identity and communication, cinema industry, visual communication

Email: donata.bocullo@vdu.lt

Vigilija Žiūraitė

PhD student


Fields of academic interests

Political communications, social movements, feminism in politics

Email: vigilija.ziuraite@vdu.lt

Edita Masiulė

Assistant


Fields of academic interests

Communication and public relations of educational institutions and NGOs, problems and challenges of regional journalism

Email: edita.buskeviciute@vdu.lt

Lina Auškalnienė

PhD student


Fields of academic interests

Communication, social media

Email: lina.auskalniene@vdu.lt