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May 17, 2017
Dr. Joy Daggs, an assistant professor of communication at Northwest Missouri State University, will join nine other individuals this summer to participate in the 2017 Fellowship for Educators Program, a leading program for educators in the field of public relations.
Sponsored by the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, the program embeds educators with world-class corporate public relations teams and agencies for two weeks. Daggs will assume staff responsibilities and conduct a workshop and research project July 10-21 for Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee.
Additionally, the program includes a reciprocal invitation for a representative of the company to visit Northwest to provide a lecture and meet students.
“The program fits in quite well with Northwest’s focus on profession-based education, and I hope to share what I am learning with both students and faculty,” Daggs said. “I am looking forward to using my experience to give our students information directly from professionals to help them be better prepared public relations professionals.”
Now in its eighth year, the fellowship program recognizes and helps develop outstanding, diverse public relations leaders, role models and mentors to advance ethical public relations in an evolving, global society. Founder Betsy Plank, known as the “first lady of public relations,” exhibited a lifelong passion for matching educators and professionals so that both would grow together.
The summer fellowship is designed for public relations educators with the dual purpose of exposing professors to current day-to-day operations of the public relations function and to help create an exchange of information and ideas that will enhance the professional development of both the educators and the practitioner-hosts.
Throughout its history, host corporations and agencies have included American Airlines, General Motors, Cox Communications, Sprint, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Ketchum, Edelman Worldwide, Deveney Communications, Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, ESPN and the American Heart Association.
Daggs joined the Northwest faculty in 2012 and teaches courses related to oral communication, intercultural communication, public relations and crisis communication. She is currently serving a two-year term as member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the Central States Communication Association.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in English communications at William Woods University, her master’s degree in communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa and her Ph.D. in communication at the University of Missouri.
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