About Our Journalism and Public Relations Faculty

BE READY FOR TODAY’S JOB MARKET:  Professor Erick Lauber encourages his students to “learn the hard stuff” that will make them stand out in the eyes of employers.

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Our five Journalism and Public Relations Department faculty members provide diverse, unique, and eclectic insights of their career fields. Combined, they provide more than a century and a half of international experience in news reporting, public relations in both the nonprofit and corporate arenas, broadcast news, online media, community journalism, and much, much more. They have a global perspective that they share freely and enthusiastically with their students, which is essential when engaging in the age of digital media.

  • Our professors are excellent advisors who are eager to help shape your unique path in journalism. They can connect you with professional networks that they've developed with peers in their field and with successful IUP journalism alumni.
  • Internships are not required, but they are strongly encouraged. IUP faculty members not only help students to discover their passion and hone their skills, but they also go the extra mile to then introduce students to people who can help them to reach their career dreams.
  • Two of five faculty members have successfully launched digital media companies, and they are happy to share their trials, tribulations, and contacts with students who aspire to do the same.
  • Our faculty's mastery of civic engagement provides real-world reporting experience that has garnered students statewide press-association awards. Your published articles help create the portfolio that will win you a job in digital media.
  • Our student-faculty ratio makes it possible for each faculty and staff member to know every student's name and what they are about. These interpersonal relationships allow for connections to be made and success to follow.
  • Our professors have partnered with undergraduate students to pursue research that is presented at highly respected professional conferences in both journalism and public relations. These experiences add to the richness of their portfolios and resumes as they prepare for the work-world.
  • Faculty members take students on extraordinary, educational field trips to places like Baltimore, Nashville, and New York City to network with professionals in the entertainment public relations field. As a journalism major you will also be able to visit Washington, DC regularly to network and visit the National Archives and the Newseum, to name a few popular destinations. Regular trips to networking events in Pittsburgh with alumni and other career professionals enhance your success upon graduation.
  • Our professors work with the Career and Professional Development Center, the Writing Center, IUP Foundation personnel, and Alumni Affairs to create amazing opportunities for student success.