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Iseman named PRSA's 'Educator of the Year'

Northern Express

Dec. 9, 2009




Steve IsemanDr. Steve Iseman, APR, Fellow PRSA, professor of communication arts and public relations at Ohio Northern University, received the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 2009 Outstanding Educator of the Year award at the PRSA 2009 International Conference in San Diego.

This national honor recognizes one individual each year for significant contributions in advancing public relations education through college or university teaching. Recipients are cited for excellence in their classroom teaching skills, academic research and writing, knowledge of public relations practices, and incorporation of contemporary research and methods in their work.

"I understand completely that nobody receives an award like this one on his own," said Iseman. "I've been fortunate over the years to have wonderful support from Ohio Northern University and the opportunity to work with many great students who have bright futures in public relations."

Iseman is director of the public relations program at Ohio Northern and holds the Biggs Endowed Professorship in the Arts. He has been the faculty advisor for Ohio Northern's award-winning Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter since 1993 and, in 2003, helped ONU's public relations program earn Certified for Education in Public Relations (CEPR) status from PRSA. The ONU program is one of only 19 in the world to be recognized as such.

ONU's PRSSA chapter and its student members have thrived under Iseman's guidance. Two past national PRSSA presidents and eight members of the national committee were ONU students. Several ONU alumni have received Outstanding Graduate Awards from the Central Ohio PRSA chapter, and ONU students have won every major national award in public relations.

Iseman has served on numerous Central Ohio PRSA committees and is a past president of the chapter. In addition, he has served as an ex officio member of the National PRSA Educators Academy Board of Directors, a reviewer for PRSA's Certification for Education in Public Relations program, the national faculty advisor for the Public Relations Students Society of America and a past national co-chair of PRSA's Educational Affairs Committee. He has represented PRSA on the Commission on Public Relations Education since 2004 and was a contributor to the Commission's 2006 report, "The Professional Bond."

In 2004, he was awarded the Walt Seifert Award for Outstanding Service to PRSA. In 2006, Ohio Magazine recognized him with an Excellence in Education Award, and, in 2008, he was honored with the Tom Poling Practitioner of the Year Award.

In 2008, Iseman earned the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential, a measure of superior practice abilities and skills and the profession's only national post-graduate certification program. Also in 2008, Iseman was elected to the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows. Election to the College is based on lifetime achievement and is a professional honor awarded to senior practitioners and educators.

Before to moving to the classroom, Iseman worked in public relations for more than 20 years. During summer 2007, he served as the first professor in residence for Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations in Columbus, Ohio. Iseman has traveled extensively to speak on public relations issues and has served as an evaluator and judge for numerous public relations award competitions.

Iseman received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University, a master of communication arts from Xavier University and a doctor of philosophy degree from Ohio State University. He has been a member of the Ohio Northern faculty since 1993.

With nearly 32,000 professional and student members, PRSA is the world's largest organization for public relations professionals. Its chapters, professional interest sections and affinity groups represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations.

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