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Michele Papakie

Michele PapakieJournalism Department chairwoman Dr. Michele R. Papakie, a 1993 alumna of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Journalism Department, returned in Spring 2007 as a full-time, tenure-track faculty member. She brings with her twenty years of experience in journalism and public relations, and she is eager to share it all with her students.

Papakie teaches Writing for Print Media, PR Presentation Making, Problem Solving in PR, Entertainment PR, Journalism and Mass Media and PR in the Public Sector. Each summer, she teaches a two-week workshop for high school students as part of IUP’s Summer Honors Program. Papakie also serves as the faculty adviser to Lasting Impressions, IUP’s student-run public relations agency.

Her work experience includes time spent in the following positions: reporter for Gateway Publications; client liaison for a strategic planning company; public relations coordinator for Chartiers Valley School District; public information officer for the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; adjunct instructor of communications at Robert Morris University; and director of public affairs for California University of Pennsylvania.

She is celebrating her twenty-second year of military service as well. Papakie is a lieutenant colonel in the 171st Air Refueling Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Although she has spent her entire career as a traditional guard member (reservist) in Pittsburgh, her service has taken her to at least twelve countries and more than half of the United States. She has served as the unit’s public affairs officer and equal opportunity officer.

Papakie earned her Master of Arts degree in regional planning at California University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and her Doctor of Science degree in communication and information systems from Robert Morris University in 2002.

She recently participated as a team member in a Rotary Club Group Study Exchange trip to Turkey. She spent a month of her summer in Izmir and Istanbul, residing with Turkish Rotary Club members and visiting professionals who share career adventures in journalism, public relations, education, teaching, and military service.

Spring 2014 Office Hours:

  • Tuesday/Thursday: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00–noon
  • or by appointment
  • Journalism Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 434
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4411
  • Fax: 724-357-7845
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.