- College of Music and Media
- Mass Communication
Valerie J. Andrews is a concierge editor, providing editing, writing and communication strategy for clients in publishing, agencies, nonprofits and to individual authors.
A graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., where she earned a degree in journalism/public relations, Andrews received a master of journalism degree from LSU with an emphasis in PR.
She held faculty positions at LSU, the University of Southern Mississippi, Tulane and at Georgia College & State University, where she was a tenured assistant professor in Mass Communication.
She has worked extensively in PR and advertising for industries ranging from RVs and food service to printing and educational materials. Andrews held editorial positions with two magazines and has edited, written for and consulted on many other professional publications. She has been published in textbooks, academic journals, and national and regional magazines. She has made scholarly presentations at numerous regional and national conferences, particularly on the subjects of service learning and partnerships between universities and nonprofit organizations. In addition to working within the nonprofit community, Andrews also spent five years as director of the Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications at Loyola.
In 2010 Andrews received the Excellence in Advising Award from the Loyola College of Social Sciences. She was awarded PRAL NOLA’s Educator of the Year in 2015 and in 2019 was named a Senior Practitioner by the Southern Public Relations Federation.