Indianapolis Community Requirement
Students must take one course in any part of the University that involves active engagement with the Indianapolis community.
- To have an active learning experience that integrates classroom knowledge with activities in the Indianapolis community.
- To use an experience in Indianapolis to further the individual student’s understanding of the nature of community and the relationship between community and the student.
- To further students’ commitment to service and ongoing involvement as community actors.
Learning Outcomes used for Assessment
- Students will engage in learning that integrates academic content with significant activities alongside Indianapolis community partners.
- Students will connect the active learning experience to enlarge their understanding of community and public good in a pluralistic society.
- Students will demonstrate a commitment to ongoing community involvement and citizenship.
For more information, please visit the Center for Citizenship and Community (CCC) website. If you are a student and interested in enrolling in an Indianapolis Community Requirement (ICR) course, please visit the ICR Partnership with Students website.
Areas of Expertise
Broadly: Health communication, public relations and advertising, strategic communication for nonprofit organizations. Specifically: Media coverage (mass and social media) of health risks and health crises, including international (comparative communication studies in Japan and Hungary). Public health campaigns and effectiveness. Food safety regulation and environmental safety regulation (media coverage).
Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Published articles on mass communication and health communication in national and international academic journals including Health Communication, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, International Communication Gazette, plus in book chapters in medical serials; presented over 35 peer-reviewed research papers at regional, national, and international academic conferences.
Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Have taught a variety of courses in public relations and advertising, including a service-learning public communication campaigns course and a public health campaigns honors course.
Running, traveling, reading, writing.
B.S. Journalism (Advertising), University of Kansas; M.S. Communication (Mass Communication), Purdue University; Ph.D. Communication (Health Communication/Mass Communication), Purdue University.
Association Memberships (professional/educational)
National Communication Association (and several affiliations and divisions), Public Relations Society of America
Corporate and nonprofit public relations and advertising