Community in the classroom: McInerney announced as FACET award winner
Written by: Cassidy Martenson
Professor Kim McInerney, M.N.A., Public Speaking Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts, won the IU-system wide Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Award for Community Engagement in her course JOUR-J429 Public Relations Campaigns.
McInerney designed JOUR-J429 to allow students the opportunity to create a comprehensive public relations campaign for a local non-profit organization. Students research and analyze the non-profit organization to develop a campaign that they present to them at the end of the semester. This allows students the opportunity to form relationships with the non-profit, while the non-profit can implement any ideas from the campaigns.
FACET Awards are given to IU faculty who exemplify passion, creativity, and innovation within the classroom. The Community Engagement Award is presented to a faculty member that implements an effective community engagement activity in their course. McInerney’s Public Relations Campaigns course exemplifies the values of the FACET Community Engagement Award through its creativity and community ties. Award winners typically attend a faculty retreat and ceremony, but due to COVID-19 the ceremony was held virtually on February 12. All finalists received a certificate and award winners received a monetary prize as well as a crystal award.
“The Communication Studies department is thrilled that Professor McInerney’s outstanding work is being recognized,” said Kari Wilson, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Studies. “Her commitment to community engagement projects in courses like JOUR-J429 are engaging and preparing students for real-world experiences.”
McInerney began teaching at IUSB in August of 2010 after working in public relations for the American Cancer Society and the University of Notre Dame. Her passion for IUSB and the wider community inspires McInerney to bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world through her community-based courses.