Pam Creedon, M.A.
What is Pam's story?
Pamela J. Creedon started her academic career in 1984 at The Ohio State University, where she taught journalism, advertising, and public relations courses for a decade. She entered administration in 1994 as the Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University where she was instrumental in the establishment of the College of Communication and Information.
In 2002, she joined the University of Iowa faculty as Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. At Iowa, her initial focus was the $19 million fundraising campaign to build the Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building. It opened in January 2005 and houses The Daily Iowan, Daily Iowan TV, the Iowa High School Journalism Association, Quill and Scroll, and the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature. After serving as Director, Prof. Creedon spent 2007-2008 as Associate Director for Internships and External Relations and returned to the faculty until retirement as Professor Emerita in 2012.
Upon retirement from Iowa, she was offered a position as Public Relations Director at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In 2013, she joined the College of Communication and Media Sciences faculty at Zayed University with campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. While at ZU, Creedon was promoted to Associate Dean and served as Acting Dean until her retirement in 2018. Under her leadership, Iowa and Kent State were reaccredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Zayed University earned its first ACEJMC accreditation.
An editor and author of six books includes three editions of Women in Mass Communication (Sage 2007, 1994, and 1989 with a fourth expected to be published by Routledge in late 2022); The Edge of Change: Women in the 21st Century Press (University of Illinois Press, 2009); Seeking Equity for Women in Journalism and Mass Communication: A 30-Year Update (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004) and Women, Media and Sport (Sage, 1994). Most recently, she has book chapters in The Future of the Presidency, Journalism, and Democracy: After Trump (Routledge, 2022), Misogyny and Media in the Age of Trump (Rowman Littlefield, 2019), The Trump Presidency, Journalism and Democracy (Routledge, 2018). Her research has been published in Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research, Television and New Media, MediaSport, Sport in Society, and Journalism Educator. She has served on editorial boards including Public Relations Review and the Journal of Public Relations Research.
She was elected President of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC), an organization for academic administrators in journalism and mass communication, which involves nearly 190 JMC programs at the college level. She also has served on the executive board of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) for several terms. She was elected to the AEJMC Standing Committee on Professional Freedom and Responsibility for two terms and served as chair one term and was chair of the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women. She also served a member of the Hearst Journalism Awards Committee and was elected to serve on the executive committee of ACEJMC.
Her public relations experience in the field includes ten years in higher education, where she served as the first woman to direct the Public Information Office at the University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH. She also spent five years at Babcock & Wilcox, a McDermott International company, which was then a Fortune 100 company. She started in employee communications at the B&W corporate Power Generation Group in Barberton, OH, and was promoted to Public Relations Director of the Research and Development Division with centers in Lynchburg, VA, and Alliance, OH.
Prof. Creedon is an International Association of Business Communicator’s (IABC) accredited business communicator (ABC). She earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, and her bachelor's degree in English from Mount Union College.