Colleen Palmer

Colleen Palmer

  • Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media
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    Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Arts. She taught at several schools prior to coming to Carthage in 2013. Her teaching focus at Carthage is public relations, where she enjoys preparing students for a career outside academics with practical PR skills in writing, speaking, analyzation, and crisis management.

    Dr. Palmer feels fortunate to live out her love for teaching and research. She oversees PR students’ senior theses and is the faculty advisor for Carthage’s chapter of PRSSA, Public Relations Student Society of America. Dr. Palmer engages the public in her classes by bringing in businesses and nonprofits for students to do PR work for; they gain experience and the businesses gain ideas and campaigns to move their work forward. She also continues her own research and development, in particular curating new teaching ideas to engage students.

    • B.A. — English and writing, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
    • M.A. — Literature and writing, Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, OH
    • Ph.D. — Communications and media arts, Regent University in Virginia Beach
    • CDM 1200 Public Speaking
    • CDM 2200 Principles of Public Relations
    • CDM 3350 Public Relations Writing
    • CDM 3420 Communications Management
    • CDM 3450 Mass Communication
    • CDM 3800 Public Relations Research Methods
    • CDM 3810 Public Relations Campaigns
    • CDM 3820 Crisis Communication
    • CDM 4030 Public Relations Senior Seminar

    Dr. Palmer’s research focuses on public relations and media, its growth and changes over time, and innovative teaching ideas to engage students in real-world practice.

    • AEJMC 2022 2nd Place International GIFT award winner for Crisis Communication class assignment
    • Susan B. Anthony Women of Influence Award, 2018
    • Top paper award at AEJMC conference in March of 2017: GIFs As a Form of Modern Communication