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Tim Penning
Associate Professor
Phone: 616-331-3478
Department: Communications, School of
  • Accreditation in PR (APR)
  • Communication Audits & Plans
  • Crisis Communication
  • Media Relations
  • Organizational Communications
  • Public Relations
Professor Tim Penning, APR teaches courses in public relations. He has worked as a staff writer and editor for Traverse Magazine and Advance Newspapers. Following his career in journalism, Tim was communication director for an international mission agency, media relations manager for Grand Valley State University, and public relations director for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. As a professor, he continues to practice public relations as a consultant with his own business, Penning Ink. He was won several awards for his public relations work and was named "Distinguished Practitioner" by the West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 2001 and 2005. He is active with the Public Relations Society of America, having served as president of the West Michigan chapter in 2004 and on its board for seven years. He also advises the GVSU student chapter of PRSSA. . Tim is a founder and board member of Interchange: The Association for West Michigan Communication Professionals and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society. (B.A., Journalism, Central Michigan University; M.A., Organizational Communication, Western Michigan University, Ph.D., in Media Information Studies at Michigan State University.