In 2002, Professor Pam Creedon was hired at The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication to serve as director. Her primary goal was to finish plans for a new journalism building and to help raise $6 million to fund this building. Creedon began her career at The Ohio State University where she taught journalism courses for 10 years. She then served as director and professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University for eight years before coming to The University of Iowa and contributing her leadership and expertise to the J-MC School.
After completing her five-year term as director of the J-MC School this past spring, and successfully dedicating the new building, Creedon has changed her role and is now the associate director of external relations.
“The building is dedicated and the campaign is over,” she said, “and I am ready for a new chapter in my career.”
The responsibilities that accompany this position include maintaining new and past relationships with J-MC School alumni, coordinating the Gallup Award ceremony, working with students on professional development, teach a course and continue with projects she began as director.
“What I’ve really enjoyed is the fact that I’m getting to meet students and trying to help them with resumes and opportunities for internships and with interviews,” she said.
Instead of having Friday resume workshop sessions, part of this new position is connecting students looking for help with resumes, portfolios or internships with the right people. She continues to work with the Professional Advisory Board and brings students to those meetings to have their portfolios critiqued.
“We’re trying to find as many ways possible to reach out so that the professional interaction for a student can happen,” said Creedon.
During her directorship she oversaw the dedication of the new Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building, which was a highlight of her career. Not only did she have an influence on the development of the new building, but also the development of new programs that would exist in the school. She worked with members of The Daily Iowan and successfully implemented a news broadcast program which is known today as Daily Iowan Television.
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