Faculty:BA in Journalism and Mass Communication

BA in Journalism and Mass Communication

Dr. Kelly Bruhn, APR

Associate Dean, Associate Professor

515-271-2124 | kelly.bruhn@drake.edu

Dr. Bruhn teaches undergraduate courses in public relations strategy, PR campaigns, and research. She also teaches courses in the MAC graduate program. She earned her doctorate from Michigan State University, a master’s degree from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree in communications from Valparaiso University. She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. Prior to joining the Drake faculty in 2009, Bruhn created award-winning campaigns for Verizon Wireless and various nonprofit organizations. In 2013, she was recognized by the Des Moines chapter of the Public Relations Society of America as outstanding chapter member, and she served as the 2018 Central Iowa PRSA Chapter president. Her research interests include public relations pedagogy and agency-client relationships.

Dr. Kelly Bruhn, APR

Associate Dean, Associate Professor

515-271-2124 | kelly.bruhn@drake.edu

Dr. Bruhn teaches undergraduate courses in public relations strategy, PR campaigns, and research. She also teaches courses in the MAC graduate program. She earned her doctorate from Michigan State University, a master’s degree from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree in communications from Valparaiso University. She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. Prior to joining the Drake faculty in 2009, Bruhn created award-winning campaigns for Verizon Wireless and various nonprofit organizations. In 2013, she was recognized by the Des Moines chapter of the Public Relations Society of America as outstanding chapter member, and she served as the 2018 Central Iowa PRSA Chapter president. Her research interests include public relations pedagogy and agency-client relationships.

Jennifer Glover Konfrst, M.P.A., APR

Assistant Professor

515-271-3167 | jennifer.gloverkonfrst@drake.edu

Konfrst teaches Public Relations, Strategic Political Communication, and core journalism courses. She also contributes to the MAC graduate program. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Drake, and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. Konfrst brings more than 20 years of professional experience to the classroom. She has experience working on political campaigns, in a U.S. Senate office, in public affairs, and with communications in political contexts and regarding political issues. Prior to joining the journalism faculty in 2013, Konfrst most recently worked at Iowa Public Television. There she led the network’s brand strategy, cross-platform promotion, media relations, crisis communication, and promotion to other PBS stations across the country. She served as the statewide network’s spokesperson, and worked extensively as an on-air host. Konfrst was selected as the national PBS Communications Professional of the Year in 2007. She currently serves in the Iowa House of Representatives. Her research interests include political communication and public relations pedagogy.

Jennifer Glover Konfrst, M.P.A., APR

Assistant Professor

515-271-3167 | jennifer.gloverkonfrst@drake.edu

Konfrst teaches Public Relations, Strategic Political Communication, and core journalism courses. She also contributes to the MAC graduate program. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Drake, and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. Konfrst brings more than 20 years of professional experience to the classroom. She has experience working on political campaigns, in a U.S. Senate office, in public affairs, and with communications in political contexts and regarding political issues. Prior to joining the journalism faculty in 2013, Konfrst most recently worked at Iowa Public Television. There she led the network’s brand strategy, cross-platform promotion, media relations, crisis communication, and promotion to other PBS stations across the country. She served as the statewide network’s spokesperson, and worked extensively as an on-air host. Konfrst was selected as the national PBS Communications Professional of the Year in 2007. She currently serves in the Iowa House of Representatives. Her research interests include political communication and public relations pedagogy.

Sandy Henry, M.S.

Professor

515-271-3714 | sandy.henry@drake.edu

Henry teaches creative advertising, visual communication, and multimedia capstone classes. Prior to joining the SJMC faculty in 2007, Henry amassed more than 20 years of experience in creative advertising and marketing, in both agencies and in-house environments. Her clients have covered the spectrum, from a major grocery store chain to a nonprofit arts organization to one of the world’s largest agricultural seed companies. Henry is active with the Interactive Media and Emerging Technology division of the Broadcast Education Association. Her research interests include advertising and multimedia pedagogy and Super Bowl ads.

Sandy Henry, M.S.

Professor

515-271-3714 | sandy.henry@drake.edu

Henry teaches creative advertising, visual communication, and multimedia capstone classes. Prior to joining the SJMC faculty in 2007, Henry amassed more than 20 years of experience in creative advertising and marketing, in both agencies and in-house environments. Her clients have covered the spectrum, from a major grocery store chain to a nonprofit arts organization to one of the world’s largest agricultural seed companies. Henry is active with the Interactive Media and Emerging Technology division of the Broadcast Education Association. Her research interests include advertising and multimedia pedagogy and Super Bowl ads.

Jeff Inman, M.A.T.

Associate Professor

515-271-3941 | jeff.inman@drake.edu

Inman teaches primarily in the Magazine Media major and serves as the coordinator of the Meredith Corp. apprenticeship in service journalism. He also created and teaches an interdisciplinary mobile app class with faculty from computer science and graphic design. He joined the faculty in 2008. He has been an active freelance writer for such publications as Billboard and Rolling Stone, and has been the Arts and Entertainment Editor at three alternative newsweeklies, including the Las Vegas Weekly. He serves as the chair of the university’s Board of Student Communication and is the marketing chair on the Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation Board of Directors. His research interests include the latest developments in multimedia magazine journalism.

Jeff Inman, M.A.T.

Associate Professor

515-271-3941 | jeff.inman@drake.edu

Inman teaches primarily in the Magazine Media major and serves as the coordinator of the Meredith Corp. apprenticeship in service journalism. He also created and teaches an interdisciplinary mobile app class with faculty from computer science and graphic design. He joined the faculty in 2008. He has been an active freelance writer for such publications as Billboard and Rolling Stone, and has been the Arts and Entertainment Editor at three alternative newsweeklies, including the Las Vegas Weekly. He serves as the chair of the university’s Board of Student Communication and is the marketing chair on the Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation Board of Directors. His research interests include the latest developments in multimedia magazine journalism.

Dorothy Pisarski, M.B.A.

Associate Professor

515-271-1857 | dorothy.pisarski@drake.edu

Pisarski teaches primarily in the account management side of advertising. She earned a bachelor’s in marketing/management from Siena College and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She joined the Drake faculty in 2004. She has extensive professional experience in marketing and advertising, in both consumer and industrial products. Her most recent professional experiences were with Philip Morris USA in Manhattan, where she held several positions in marketing and trade advertising. Pisarski is active in the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation and American Marketing Association. Her research interests involve advertising pedagogy and communication ethics.

Dorothy Pisarski, M.B.A.

Associate Professor

515-271-1857 | dorothy.pisarski@drake.edu

Pisarski teaches primarily in the account management side of advertising. She earned a bachelor’s in marketing/management from Siena College and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She joined the Drake faculty in 2004. She has extensive professional experience in marketing and advertising, in both consumer and industrial products. Her most recent professional experiences were with Philip Morris USA in Manhattan, where she held several positions in marketing and trade advertising. Pisarski is active in the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation and American Marketing Association. Her research interests involve advertising pedagogy and communication ethics.

Chris Snider, M.B.A.

Associate Professor

515-271-4594 | chris.snider@drake.edu

Snider joined Drake full-time in 2010 and teaches classes in web design, social media strategy, multimedia, and digital strategy. Prior to teaching, he was assistant managing editor for digital and innovation at The Des Moines Register, where he was a leader in how media companies use social media, live content and mobile. He continues to be recognized as a national leader in social media and digital innovation. He collaborates with faculty from entrepreneurship, math, and computer science in the Drake Innovation Studio and does web design and digital marketing for Des Moines companies.

Chris Snider, M.B.A.

Associate Professor

515-271-4594 | chris.snider@drake.edu

Snider joined Drake full-time in 2010 and teaches classes in web design, social media strategy, multimedia, and digital strategy. Prior to teaching, he was assistant managing editor for digital and innovation at The Des Moines Register, where he was a leader in how media companies use social media, live content and mobile. He continues to be recognized as a national leader in social media and digital innovation. He collaborates with faculty from entrepreneurship, math, and computer science in the Drake Innovation Studio and does web design and digital marketing for Des Moines companies.

Dr. Catherine Staub

Associate Professor, Fisher-Stelter Chair in Magazine Journalism

515-271-3050 | catherine.staub@drake.edu

Dr. Staub joined the SJMC faculty in 2015 and teaches classes in Magazine Media and in the MAC program. She earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership and Ed.S. in education, an M.A. in journalism, and a B.S.E. in English and Education, all from Drake. She is the founder and CEO of Lexicon Content Marketing, a Des Moines firm that provides its clients with communications, marketing, public relations, photography, graphic design, and more. Prior to starting her own business, Staub was Learning and Development Manager and National Implementation Team Consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, an associate editor at Meredith Corporation, and a high school English teacher. Her research interests include magazine history and modern magazine industry practice.

Dr. Catherine Staub

Associate Professor, Fisher-Stelter Chair in Magazine Journalism

515-271-3050 | catherine.staub@drake.edu

Dr. Staub joined the SJMC faculty in 2015 and teaches classes in Magazine Media and in the MAC program. She earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership and Ed.S. in education, an M.A. in journalism, and a B.S.E. in English and Education, all from Drake. She is the founder and CEO of Lexicon Content Marketing, a Des Moines firm that provides its clients with communications, marketing, public relations, photography, graphic design, and more. Prior to starting her own business, Staub was Learning and Development Manager and National Implementation Team Consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, an associate editor at Meredith Corporation, and a high school English teacher. Her research interests include magazine history and modern magazine industry practice.

Jill Van Wyke, M.S.T.

Associate Professor

515-271-3867 | jill.vanwyke@drake.edu

Van Wyke teaches journalism classes in multimedia reporting, editing, and visual communication. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s in education from Drake. Prior to joining the faculty in 1997, Van Wyke had an 11-year career at The Des Moines Register as reporter, copy editor, and an assistant city editor. She has served as Drake SJMC’s internship coordinator and is the long-time advisor to the Times-Delphic, Drake’s student-run newspaper. She is a member of the Online News Association, Broadcast Education Association, College Media Advisers, Iowa College Media Association, and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her research interests involve multimedia journalism and journalism ethics.

Jill Van Wyke, M.S.T.

Associate Professor

515-271-3867 | jill.vanwyke@drake.edu

Van Wyke teaches journalism classes in multimedia reporting, editing, and visual communication. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s in education from Drake. Prior to joining the faculty in 1997, Van Wyke had an 11-year career at The Des Moines Register as reporter, copy editor, and an assistant city editor. She has served as Drake SJMC’s internship coordinator and is the long-time advisor to the Times-Delphic, Drake’s student-run newspaper. She is a member of the Online News Association, Broadcast Education Association, College Media Advisers, Iowa College Media Association, and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her research interests involve multimedia journalism and journalism ethics.

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