Pam Creedon, M.A.

Professor Emeritus

What is Pam's story?

Professor 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 then served thirteen years as a professor and the Director at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at both Kent State University and The University of Iowa.

When Prof. Creedon came to The University of Iowa as Director in 2002, she focused on raising $6 million of the $19 million needed to build the 65,500 square foot Philip D. Adler Building. Opened in January 2005, the Adler Building 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. During her directorships, both Iowa and Kent State programs were re-accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Most recently, she served as an editor and author of The Edge of Change: Women in the 21st Century Press, published by the University of Illinois Press (2009). As the editor and author of three editions of Women in Mass Communication: Challenging Gender Values, published by Sage (2007, 1994, and 1989), Prof. Creedon’s scholarship is cited often. She also served as an editor of Seeking Equity for Women in Journalism and Mass Communication: A 30-Year Update published by Lawrence Erlbaum (2004). And she wrote and edited Women, Media and Sport, published by Sage (1994). She is an editorial board member of the Public Relations Review and the Journal of Public Relations Research.

She served as 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 the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

Before entering academe, she worked as an alumni magazine editor, public information officer, and public relations practitioner for fifteen years. 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 Mount Union College, 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 after a year was promoted to Public Relations Director of the Research and Development Division with centers in Lynchburg, VA, and Alliance, OH.

In her Spring 2010 Public Relations Practice/Fund Raising class, Liz Ford, Executive Director of the Friends of the Iowa Animal Center Foundation, and Hickory, one of the adoptable dogs from the shelter, visited students to talk about the upcoming capital campaign project to raise money for a new Animal Center after 2008's flood. Two students in the class volunteered to intern with IACF. (Hickory has since been adopted!)

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.

M.A., University of Oregon