A CSU journalism professor has received one of the highest honors given by the Public Relations Society of America.
Jangyul Kim, a professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication, has been 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 left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.
Becoming a member
Election to the College, which was created in 1989 as part of an initiative focused on the future of public relations, is considered the pinnacle of a PR professional’s career. College members serve in PRSA leadership positions, mentoring students and professionals, teaching, and engaging in professional practice.
To qualify for admittance into the College of Fellows, the public relations practitioner or educator must have at least 20 years of experience, hold the Accredited in Public Relations credential and have demonstrated exceptional capability and accomplishment in the practice or teaching of public relations. Fewer than 2 percent of PRSA members are accepted into the College of Fellows.
“As a PR practitioner and an academic, I was well aware of PRSA Fellow and its requirements for the application,” Kim said. “I wondered if one day I would qualify. When I received the honor I felt happy and humbled.”
A selection committee consisting of current College of Fellows members solicited and reviewed applications and recommended this year’s group of candidates to the PRSA 2016 National Board of Directors.
The new Fellows will be formally inducted into the College 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 sets 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 counsel, 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 always strive for excellence in all we do.”
College of Fellows purpose
The purpose of the College of Fellows is to recognize notable public relations leaders and to further the professionalism and reputation of public relations practice and education. College members provide mentoring for public relations professionals and students, support PRSA in the execution of its strategic plan specifically in the areas of advocacy and education, and create and sponsor a continuing education “master class” for advanced professionals each year during the PRSA International Conference.
As the second CSU professor and first Korean American to be elected into the College of Fellows, Kim inspires young public relations professionals and students to always keep pushing towards their dreams.
“Public relations is a great field that allows you to create positive change through the power of communication,” Kim said. “I strongly encourage talented young students to consider public relations as their lifetime profession.”
In addition to teaching graduate students at CSU, he serves as faculty advisor for the CSU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Before joining the CSU faculty in 2006, Kim was founder and CEO of KorCom Porter Novelli, a PR consulting firm.
After earning his undergraduate in English Language and Literature and his master’s in public relations at Sogang University in South Korea, Kim earned his doctorate in mass communication at the University of Florida.