A CSU journalism professor has received among the highest honors given by the Public Relations Society of America
.Jangyul Kim, a professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication, continues to be elected to the organization’s prestigious College of Fellows, an honorary organization within PRSA composed of more than 350 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has made a substantial footprint on the public relations profession.
Becoming a member
Election to the College, which was made within an initiative focused on the future of public relations in 1989, is considered the pinnacle of a PR professional’s vocation. Faculty members serve in PRSA leadership positions, teaching, mentoring students and professionals, and engaging in professional practice.
To qualify for admittance the public relations practitioner or teacher must have at least 20 years of experience, hold the Accredited in Public Relations qualification and have shown achievement and special capability in the practice or teaching of public relations. Fewer than 2 percent of PRSA members are accepted into the College of Fellows.
“As an academic and a PR practitioner, I was well aware of PRSA Fellow and its demands ” Kim said. “I wondered if I'd qualify. Once I received the honour I felt happy and humiliated.”
A selection committee comprising current College of Fellows members reviewed applications and solicited and advocated this year’s group of candidates to the PRSA 2016 National Board of Directors.
The new Fellows will be formally inducted into the Faculty at a dinner to be held Oct. 22, immediately prior to the PRSA 2016 International Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“The induction of Jangyul Kim to the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows establishes the standard for strategic communications that deliver business results said PRSA 2016 National Chair Mark McClennan. “But he goes beyond just that and serves as sage advice, mentor and an example for the rest of us. I congratulate Jangyul Kim on the well-deserved honor, and ask him to continue to challenge all of us to consistently strive for excellence in ”
College of Fellows intention
The intention behind the College of Fellows is to further the professionalism and standing of education and public relations practice and to recognize notable public relations leaders. College members provide mentoring for public relations professionals and pupils, support PRSA in the performance of its strategic strategy particularly in the areas of advocacy and instruction, and create and sponsor a continuing education “master class” for advanced professionals annually during the PRSA International Conference.
“Public relations is an excellent field that allows you to create positive change through the power of communicating,” Kim said. “I ardently support talented young students to consider public relations as their life profession.”