The Plank Center Launches Research Library

The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations has launched its first-ever online research library. Designed to help students, educators and professionals, the library is a free resource featuring public relations research on leadership, mentorship, and diversity and inclusion.

Focusing on the topics that impact current and future leaders in public relations, the research library includes a blend of scholarly journal articles, books, conference papers and trade publications along with research produced and conducted by the Center.

“We hope current and future leaders both in the classroom and in the boardroom will find this online resource useful, as we continue in our effort to bridge the gap between education and practice,” said Dr. Karla Gower, director of The Plank Center.

Researchers, whose interest areas are in public relations leadership, mentorship, and diversity and inclusion, are encouraged to submit their work to the library. The library will be updated on a monthly basis.

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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, the Center develops and recognizes outstanding diverse public relations leaders, role models and mentors to advance ethical public relations in an evolving, global society through a variety of initiatives.

In addition to national leaders in the practice and education, the Center’s 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 department of advertising and public relations, a division of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. UA’s public relations program, with nearly 1,400 students, is the largest undergraduate degree program within the College. The program is certified by the Public Relations Society of America.

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