She lectures at conferences, universities, and to professional organizations worldwide about her work with Vrontikis Design Office, about graphic design education, and on the subjects of inspiration and professional practice. In 2003 she was selected by Graphic Design: USA as one of 100 People to Watch. Vrontikis Design Office was featured in Graphic Design America 3 and in the book Women of Design.
Since 1989 she has taught the senior graphic design studies course at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her classes focus on preparing graduates for what will be expected of them creatively and professionally.
She was a national advisory board member of the AIGA from 1999 to 2001 and has served on numerous local, national, and international design juries. In 2007 Petrula received an AIGA Los Angeles Fellows Award honoring her as an essential voice raising the understanding of design within the industry and among the business and cultural communities of Los Angeles.