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Holmes Community College seeks instructor position in Communications department

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Holmes Community College is looking for an instructor to teach public speaking/speech courses, with a possibility of teaching Theatre Appreciation and/or Drama Production courses during the regular fall/spring semesters (day and/or evening) and possibly summer sessions. Duties also include advising. Reports to: Academic Dean.


  1. Master’s degree in Public Speaking/Communication or master’s degree with a concentration in Public Speaking/Communication (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in Public Speaking/Communication are required). Experience or course work using multimedia presentations is preferable. Equivalent Education, related work experience, demonstrated competencies in the discipline, and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes will be considered.
  2. Applicants with community college teaching experience preferred.
  3.  Applicants with online teaching and/or Canvas experience preferred.
  4. Applicants must have excellent references from previous employers and/or professors.

Job Description

  1. Attend faculty meetings and computer training sessions.
  2. Prepare course materials, organize classes, keep student records, maintain classrooms and equipment, and other duties related to the instructional process.
  3. Cooperate in the development of curriculum; preparation of syllabi; and the selection of textbooks, library materials, instructional materials, equipment, and supplies
  4. Participate in program/curriculum review and development and student learning outcomes initiatives
  5. Employ available instructional technology to meet diverse student needs.
  6. Serve as an academic advisor to students who have designated a major in the faculty member’s assigned area
  7. Post and maintain on-campus office hours for student consultations according to college policy
  8. Perform all related and implied duties as may be directed.

For more information and to apply online, visit the Holmes Community College website.

Join us for the APR Jump Start workshop!

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Join us for the APR Jump Start workshop!
Dr. John Forde

Dr. John Forde

Jumpstart your journey to earning your accreditation in public relations! If you are actively pursuing your accreditation in public relations (APR) or are ready to learn more about what it takes, this APR Jump Start Workshop is for you.

Join us from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, July 21, as John Forde, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, professor and head of the Department of Communication at Mississippi State University, as he leads you through a half-day workshop to prepare you to successfully complete the APR process. The workshop includes: A brief overview of the APR steps, topics and knowledge/skills/abilities you will be tested on, insights from a panel of APRs featuring Checky Herrington, APR, Fellow PRSA, & Macaulay Whitaker, APR, and more!

Workshop information

  • Facilitator: John Forde, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA
  • What: APR Jump Start workshop
  • When: Friday, July 21
    7:45 a.m. – arrive, continental breakfast
    8 a.m. to 12 p.m. – workshop
  • Where: Mississippi State University, Mitchell Memorial Library/ELI Classroom, 395 Hardy Road, Starkville, Mississippi

This APR Jump Start workshop is ideal for anyone actively pursuing accreditation or interested in learning more about the process.

Registration options

Note: Registration also includes the Southern Public Relations Federation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon on July 21.

  • $70 = Early bird registration (must be received by Friday, July 7)
  • $85 = Regular registration

Download the APR Jump Start Workshop registration form.

How to register

To reserve your spot for the workshop, submit a completed registration form and payment. Participants can pay by check or through PayPal. Please make checks payable to: Public Relations Association of Mississippi. Registration is non-refundable.

  • Option 1: Email your completed registration form to Christen Duhé at christen.duhe@mgccc.edu; pay by check or through PayPal by sending your registration fee to pramstateconference@gmail.com.
  • Option 2: Mail your completed registration form and check to:
    Christen Duhé, APR
    P.O. Box 609
    Perkinston, MS 39573

Questions? Contact Erin Barham, APR at erin.barham@medicaid.ms.gov.

Alcorn seeking a manager of advancement creative support

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Alcorn State University seeks a highly-motivated, organized, professional and experienced team member for the position of Manager of Advancement Creative Support (MACS) with the ASU Foundation, Inc.

Reporting to the Director of Advancement Services and Annual Fund (DASAF), the Advancement Creative Support Manager is a vital member of the Division of Institutional Advancement (DIA) team and provides critical support in a fast-paced, lively and collegial atmosphere. The ideal candidate must be an effective and agile multi-tasker with an ability to handle sensitive and confidential information, prioritize competing assignments and deadlines, while producing highly accurate work. The capacity for clear, thoughtful communication, strong analytical skills and an eagle eye for detail are crucial. The position requires the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations as well as the ability to work with a positive attitude, good humor, grace under pressure and tight deadlines.

Check out the job description to see other responsibilities, essential job functions, qualifications, and requirements for the position.

Apply Online: https://jobopps.alcorn.edu/hr/login

June 2017 Chapter Meeting

by Sandi Beason

Panelists: Frank Brown, researcher and special projects editor for the Mississippi Business Journal, and Dustin Barnes, consumer experience director at The Clarion-Ledger.

Title of Presentation: “The Changing Face of Media and what Modern-Day Journalists Want You to Know”

Moderator: Mara Hartmann, APR

Company Websites: The Clarion-Ledger; Mississippi Business Journal


Join us at the June meeting to learn how the media consumer’s preferences have changed and ways that journalists and publications are working to meet these expectations.

Meeting information
The meeting will take place 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, in Jackson’s Capital Club. The Capital Club is located at 125 S. Congress Street, on the 19th floor.

$16 for members who RSVP
$18 for guests
$18 for members who RSVP after deadline or who RSVP and don’t attend

(We can accept cash, check, credit and debit card payments on site!)


About our panelists:

Frank BrownFrank Brown, researcher and special projects editor for the Mississippi Business Journal in Jackson, is a 42-year newspaper veteran – 30 of which have been spent in Mississippi.

At the MBJ, Brown is the lone researcher for the business lists that the paper publishes each week. He also assigns, edits and designs the paper’s Focus sections, newsmakers, ribbon-cutting pictures and special publications such as the Book of Lists, Come See Us and NEXT!

During his 23 years at The Clarion-Ledger, Brown was a sports writer, features editor, assistant news editor and news editor. For 16 years, he was the primary front page designer, winning national awards from the Society of Newspaper Design and Gannett News Service.

He also was executive editor at the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville, sports writer and designer at the Pensacola Journal, and worked on loan for four months at USA Today. He started his career working in various sports roles at papers in Decatur, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa in Alabama.

Brown is a University of Alabama graduate where he worked in the Sports Information Office while earning his broadcasting degree from the School of Communications.

He is a native of Decatur, Ala., and lives in Madison with Marcey, his wife of 40 years. They have two daughters, Missy Creel of Gluckstadt and Michelle Davis of Madison, and four grandchildren.




Dustin BarnesDustin Barnes is the consumer experience director at The Clarion-Ledger where he oversees the strategies and implementation of the company’s social media, video and mobile initiatives.

After graduating from Mississippi State University in 2009, he accepted a position at the Ledger and eventually worked his way to a 1A general assignment reporter spot where he won multiple state and regional Associated Press awards for his reports.

Dustin left journalism in 2014 to join the public affairs team at the University of Mississippi Medical Center but returned to The Clarion-Ledger a year later in a newly created role to help print media catch up to the ever-evolving digital landscape. In 2016, he was named one of the “Top 35 Editors Under 35” by Editor & Publisher magazine for his efforts.

When he’s not stressing over the latest algorithm changes from Facebook or how to assemble the perfect combination of Google keywords, Dustin loves spending time in Fondren where he also lives with Vodka and Tonic, his two gigantic cats.

Meridian Public School District seeking a public relations director

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The Meridian Public School District is hiring for a public relations director. It is the responsibility of the Director of Public Relations to coordinate all aspects of district communications, assuring accurate and timely flow of information between the district and its publics; direct overall publishing of forms and publications necessary to the smooth operation of district; facilitate positive community relations, and programs; participate in planning and developing district programs and services.

Essential Functions
· Provides technical assistance in editing, designing, publishing approved school-related publications and forms, such as programs, handbooks, brochures, etc.
· Furnishes media with news, announcements and calendars concerning school activities as well as news memos on potential human interest or late-breaking stories.
· Assists in scheduling press conferences and appearances on radio or TV talk shows or at civic meetings and assists media in clearing and arranging interviews, appearances, and photo sessions in schools or with school personnel and secure parental release when required.
· Edits and publishes district periodicals, including brochures for recruitment and for parents of students new to the district.
· Photographs events and news makers for above services.
· Supervises and coordinates operation of district print services.
· Coordinates district Adopt-A-School program.
· Publicizes/advertises school services, such as summer programs, pre-registration, and new programs.
· Produces school/district promotional media such as advertising, promotional videos, slide productions, and coordinates requests from outside agencies for access to schools/classrooms/buses, etc. for similar productions.
· Participates/directs in staff development activities related to public information/image development for professional and support personnel.
· Participates in Chamber of commerce activities and other school-community programs.
· Coordinates district involvement in community service programs and special observances such as American Education Week, United Way, etc.
· Participates with Superintendent in student and employee appreciation/achievement recognition events/honors (plaques, luncheons, dinners, certificates, awards, etc.)
· Maintains media clippings/research files for district.
· Coordinates student/family/newcomer recruitment services/activities through realtors, Chamber of Commerce, individual referrals.
· Coordinates with superintendent information meetings/luncheons/tours for focus groups.
· Participates in strategic planning and program development.
· Assists with school/district crisis interventions.
· Assists superintendent with reports, awards and presentation proposals, etc.
· Maintains talent bank of district personnel to communicate school issues and programs to public.
· Coordinates district level tours, visits by other districts, agencies, officials.
· Advises superintendent and staff of public relations impact of pertinent issues and events.
· Accepts responsibilities as assigned by the superintendent.
· Maintains open lines of communication with all community organizations and provides prompt responses to requests for information regarding the policies and programs of the district.
· Creates and manages the district’s social media accounts

Reports to: Superintendent

Qualification Profile
· Bachelors degree in communication or related field.
· General knowledge of printing processes, school management, and Microsoft Office Programs
· Skills in handling deadlines, interruptions, and public inquiries.
· Strong communication skills.

For more information, visit the job posting.