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Penning Ink

124 LSH


Office Hours
Monday/Tuesday 1-2:30 pm

Field of Study
Advertising & 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 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. 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. He is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows, both groups of professionals and educators with a significant level and amount of experience in public relations.

Office Hours

TH 12:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Advertising and Public Relations Ethics and Law
  • Public Relations Cases and Management
  • Media Relations Writing
  • Corporate Communications Writing
  • Graduate course in Communication Management


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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