Mentorship Research


Mentorship is important to the public relations field because it facilitates professional development and understanding. Often associated with positive behavioral, motivational, attitudinal, relational and career outcomes, much mentoring research has been conducted in disciplinary silos, and actual relationships between mentoring activities and outcomes aren’t always clear. The Plank Center’s goal is to improve our understanding of effective mentoring, enrich mentoring efforts in the field and drive best practices in public relations.

Below is a list of the Center’s mentorship in public relations research:



Leaders exert significant influence on the success, future and image of their profession. Yet, only a few PR studies have explored this important topic.

One goal of the Plank Center is to build a research-based foundation of knowledge regarding the values, qualities and dimensions of excellent leadership, mentorship and diversity and inclusion in PR.