10 Tips for Academic and Professional Success


In addition to serving as the Associate Dean, Dr. Diana Martinelli is also an Associate Professor that teaches advanced public relations and graduate research courses at West Virginia University. Diana has also taught public relations courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Elon University and Ohio University. While at Ohio University, she received the prestigious University Professor teaching award and advised the school’s national award-winning Public Relations Student Society of America chapter.

From a combination of her experience in academia and nearly 15 years of professional public relations and communications work in broadcasting healthcare and national government programs, Diana has packaged 10 Tips for Academic and Professional Success.

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Our Mission

The Plank Center’s mission is to help develop and recognize outstanding diverse public relations leaders, role models and mentors to advance ethical public relations in an evolving, global society. The Center works to achieve its mission by:

Advancing knowledge of leadership values and skills in the profession;

Supporting research, teaching, service, and professional educational efforts that help develop diverse, responsible and trustworthy leaders;

Bridging the interests and vision of the practice and education; and

Collaborating with other groups and associations to nurture the ethical and effective practice of public relations.