I graduated from Willamette University in 1997, where I studied rhetorical criticism. Having volunteered for Rep. Hooley and Sen. Wyden, I secured a job on Sen. Kennedy’s campaign, which mostly consisted of donor relations and event planning.
A friend led me to a job in development at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., and I worked my way up to the position of media relations manager. I decided to get my master’s degree because I wanted a formal education in public relations.
After two years of studying public relations at the University of Maryland, I was inspired to continue my studies by entering the doctoral program. For the next five years, I studied public relations and spent summers working in various public relations jobs.
In the summer of 2007, I was thrilled to return to my home state to work as an assistant professor of public relations at the University of Oregon. At Oregon, I have taught Strategic Public Relations Communication, Strategic Writing and Media Relations, Principles of Public Relations, Media and Society, and a graduate course in risk communication.
As for my research, I’m working on a few projects. I am in the data analysis phase of a grant from the Public Relations Society of America Foundation. I am studying ethics and relationship management between agency employers and their Millennial Generation employees. My latest project is ghost blogging, which I’ll discuss on this blog as soon as my research is published.
University of Oregon: http://journalism.uoregon.edu/user/derville