Faculty Highlights

Gournelos awarded Plank Fellowship for PR Educators

Communications professor Ted Gournelos has been awarded the Plank Fellowship for PR Educators by the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. The organization’s mission is to facilitate relationships between educators and industry professionals.

The Plank Center administers the fellowship, matching educators to their hosts based on specific areas of interest, expertise, and geographic preference. The program consists of an intensive, two-week summer fellowship developed specifically for public relations educators, which allows the fellows to develop or enhance skills in professional development, leadership, and networking.

Gournelos will be working in New Orleans with DEVENEY, a research-driven marketing firm that develops strategic action plans that get people talking, sharing, and liking a brand. During the fellowship, he will work with and shadow teams on a variety of projects, which range from experiential design to marketing and advertising to public relations. He’ll also give two presentations, one on effective communications across generations and the other on how best to measure engagement.

“I’m excited for this opportunity and was lucky enough to be one of only two people awarded the Plank Fellowship this year,” says Gournelos. “DEVENEY is on the forefront of integrated marketing communications and has a fantastic team. Because my classes often work directly with clients and produce strategy plans and tactics we want them to be able to actually use, this fellowship is an invaluable chance to see what it’s like in the industry right now.”