UA’s Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations Seeks Applications for its Fellowship for Educators Program

The Fellowship for Educators program seeks to combine academia with real world experience, creating an exchange of information and ideas to enhance the professional development of both educators and the host organizations.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.- The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations is accepting applications for the 5th Annual Fellowship for Educators program. The program seeks to combine academia with real world experience, creating an exchange of information and ideas to enhance the professional development of both educators and the host organizations.

“The fellows will work in world-class agencies and corporate settings, seeing first-hand the issues and challenges practitioners face today,” said Dr. Karla Gower, director of the Plank Center and professor in the department of advertising and public relations in the UA College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Key beneficiaries are public relations students. They can be ensured their professors are knowledgeable in the current practices and issues facing practitioners and that practitioners have a greater appreciation for the value of theory and research of their classrooms in today’s public relations work.

Educators selected to participate in the Plank Center Fellowship program spend at least two full weeks in the offices of the host organization.

Deadline for candidate applications is February 15. The Plank Center has posted eligibility requirements and application details for educators and host organizations online at www.plankcenter.ua.edu.

 

About the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations

In 2005, the University of Alabama Board of Trustees established The Plank Center, named for public relations leader and UA alumna, the late Betsy Plank, to develop and recognize outstanding performance in the profession and classroom. Through a variety of programs, and in concert with groups and associations, the Center works to nurture and help develop outstanding leaders.

In addition to national leaders in the practice and education, the Center Board includes an ex officio position for the president of the Public Relations Student Society of America that represents more than 11,000 members in 300-plus colleges and universities.

The Center is housed in UA’s College of Communication and Information Sciences. UA’s public relations program, with nearly 600 students, is the largest undergraduate degree program within the College. The program is certified by the Public Relations Society of America and for five consecutive years has been ranked among the top five public relations programs in the country by PRWeek magazine.

More information about the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations can be found at www.plankcenter.ua.edu.

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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.