Michele Ewing, APR, has more than 25 years of experience in agency and corporate public relations and public relations education. Before joining the Kent State faculty, Michele was a vice president at Marcus Thomas LLC, an integrated marketing communications agency in Cleveland.
During her 12-year tenure at Marcus Thomas, Michele played an active role in the growth of the public relations division with emphasis on the healthcare, internal and marketing public relations communications practices. Prior to Marcus Thomas, Michele worked for two Ohio hospitals.
Michele teaches a range of courses in the undergraduate and graduate PR programs including Principles of Public Relations, PR Tactics, PR Campaigns and others. She co-teaches the Global Advertising and Public Relations course, which includes a two-week study abroad experience in Europe. In 2006, she developed the PR Online Tactics course as a first step to integrate Web and social media strategies and tactics into the PR curriculum.
She also advises the Kent State Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Under her direction, PRSSA Kent has won six national PRSSA Teahan awards including 2014 Outstanding Chapter in the nation. PRSSA Kent also has earned numerous Kent State Student Involvement honors. Michele advised a student team in the Do It Now College Challenge, which was sponsored by Donate Life Ohio and Second Chance Trust Fund, to increase the number of organ and tissue donors in the Ohio Organ Donor Registry. The Kent State campaign won first place in the statewide competition among 13 colleges and universities and won a PRSA East Central District Diamond Award. She was named a Moulton Teaching Scholar at Kent State. Michele was honored with the Greater Cleveland PRSA Chapter’s 2014 Davis Young Award for achievement in mentoring. In October 2014, Michele was inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows, which recognizes senior practitioners and educators for their contributions to the public relations profession.
Her research interests include PR education, leadership development, social media, internal communications, and career preparation and other professional practice topics.