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Tim Penning Teaches Courses in 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, he 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 has 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. Dr. Penning is a founder and past board member of  Interchange: The Association for West Michigan Communication Professionals and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honors  Society. He writes a blog about advertising and public relations in West Michigan:


B.A., Journalism, Central Michigan University; M.A., Organizational Communication, Western Michigan University; Ph.D. in Media Information Studies at Michigan State University


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