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Dr. Kathie R Fleck, APR

Assistant Professor of Public Relations
Communication & Media Studies
118 Performing Arts Center
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
Dr. Kathie Fleck, APR has a wide variety of professional experience in business, politics, government, non-profit and higher education. She has published numerous articles and presented research at more than 23 regional, national and international conferences. She has served on the board of the Educator’s Academy for PRSA and is the past chair of the Great Ideas For Teaching (G.I.F.T.) division of the Central States Communication Association. Dr. Fleck also serves in leadership positions both on campus and in her community. 
Professional Experience: 
KRF Consulting - Principal 
Alpha Rae Personnel, Inc. – VP of Client Relations  
American Cancer Society – Area Executive Director  
Allen County Republican Party - Executive Director  
Allen County Clerk of the Circuit Court - Chief Deputy Clerk of Court
Indiana Secretary of State - Executive Assistant/Communications Director
State of Ohio Office of the Governor - Deputy Press Secretary
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency - Communications Manager
Tiffin University - Adjunct Instructor (Graduate Studies)
Indiana University Purdue University – Associate Faculty (Organizational Leadership)
Indiana University Purdue University – Associate Faculty (Communication)
Indiana Institute of Technology - Adjunct Instructor (College of Professional Studies)
Doctorate in Law and Policy - Northeastern University
Master of Arts in Journalism - Indiana University
Bachelor of Science in Journalism - Bowling Green State University

Professional Accreditations

Accreditation in Public Relations (APR)
Certified Lay Servant (United Methodist Church)
Teaching Interests: 
Crisis Communication
Political Communication
Media Relations
Integrated Communications Management
Case Studies
PR Campaigns
NonProfit Communication
ONU Getty College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Research Grant $7,500 (2013, 2016)
ONU Mortar Board Favorite Professors Dessert (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017)
ONU Getty College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Board Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award (2012, 2014, 2015)
ONU Delta Zeta Distinguished Faculty honoree (2013)
ONU Order of Omega member (student nominated)
ONU Order of Omega nominated Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year (2012)
Selected Publications: 
Agozzino, A., & Fleck, K. (2016). Examining nonprofit strategy for fundraising on a social media platform: A content analysis of top 10 U.S. nonprofit power brands fundraising efforts on Facebook. Public Relations Journal, 10(4).
Fleck, K. (2016, June 28). You can’t fake being real: How to succeed in politics the George Voinovich way [Contributor platform]. 
Fleck, K. (2016). What’s old is new again – relationships matter! PR News Media Training Guidebook. 6, 87-89.
Fleck, K. (2016). Using research in the real world: Yes, your research methods class is relevant! Tales from the field of qualitative communication consultingTeaching/Business strategies for educators and practitionersDebuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.
Fleck, K. (2016). Building relationships by building understanding. PR News The Book of Visual Storytelling, 1, 50-53. Fleck, K. (2016, February 16).
6 Tips for building and maintaining relationships with (fewer) reporters. PR News.
Fleck, K. (2016, February 3). 5 ways to train for speechwriting like a pro athlete. PR News.
Fleck, K. (2015, May 11). What pro sports say about PR. PR News
Fleck, K. (2014). In PR all relationships matter: A lesson in governmental and media relations. Casing Public Relations. Debuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.
Fleck, K. (2014). Lucasville: What a 20-year-old prison riot can teach us today about crisis communication. Case Studies in Strategic Communication, 3(2) 3-31.
Fleck, K. (2014). Write like a pro: What professional sports can teach us about speechwriting. PR News Writer’s Guidebook, 1, 70-72.
Fleck, K (2014). Senator Rob Portman. In K. Harvey and J. G. Golson (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. (pp. 947-951) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
Fleck, K (2014). Governor Mike Pence. In K. Harvey and J. G. Golson (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. (pp. 1003-1007). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage 
Fleck, K (2014). Twindex. In K. Harvey and J. G. Golson (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. (pp. 1281- 1282). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
Fleck, K. (2013). Who framed the women? Measuring the public relations impact on the media’s framing of U.S. Supreme Court nominees. Advancing Women in Leadership, 33, 151-165.
Selected Professional Service: 
Public Relations Society of America (2011-present)
   Educator's Academy Member (2011-present)
   Educator's Academy Executive Board (2015-2016)
   Chair of Committee to develop nationwide review course for undergraduate certification in public relations (2014)
   Senior Judge - National Bronze Anvil Awards (2013-2016)
Hoosier Chapter - Public Relations Society of America (2014-present)
   Hoosier Chapter - Fort Wayne Steering Committee (2016-present)
   Judge - PROTOS Awards (2017)
Central Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (2011-2014)
   PRISM Awards (2013)
Central States Communication Association (2011-present)
   G.I.F.T. Division- Secretary (2013), Vice Chair (2014), Chair (2015)
   Political Communication Interest Group (2012-present)
Marketing Management Association (2013-present)
   Panel chair (2014, 2015, 2016)
Association for Business Communication (2015–present)
American Marketing Association National Collegiate Case Study Competition Judge (2014, 2015)
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2012-2016)
   PRSA Educator’s Academy Liaison (2013)
Campus Address: 
PAC 118A
Communication and Media Studies

Erin B. Swick

Performing Arts Center 130
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed