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Mass Communication professor earns national teaching award

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September 08, 2011

Dr. Ginger Carter Miller’s commitment to connecting Georgia College public relations students to the community has been recognized by the national Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Miller earned the annual teaching award in the organization’sGinger Carter MillerGinger Carter Miller public relations division, one of three awards given in that division.

“Any award in teaching means a lot,” said Miller, Georgia College professor of mass communication, “because we’re always looking for new ways of becoming cutting-edge educators for our students.”

Miller has built a tradition of involving public relations students in service-learning projects for the community.

Her spring 2011 public relations campaigns group created and staged “The Black and White Gallery III.” The art exhibition raised more than $1,000 in a single night for non-profit Life Enrichment Center in Milledgeville for residents with developmental disabilities.

Fall 2011 students will help brand and publicize the National Historic Landmark Hay House of The Georgia Trust in Macon.

“Hay House is an architectural gem, and organizations like that usually spend thousands for branding and public relations,” Miller said. “However, Hay House is willing to trust our savvy students to develop its public relations campaign through traditional media and social media methods.”

Judith Keim, Executive Director of Oconee Prevention Resource Council, President of Life Enrichment Center, nominated Miller for the award.

“Dr. Miller’s priorities have enabled her students to work as interns and practicum students at dozens of local businesses and agencies,” Keim said. “It is not unusual for us to hear that our stories and events have been ‘super sized’ as a result of the knowledge and enthusiasm Dr. Miller’s students have brought to such a varied number of projects.”

Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Georgia State University. She earned a master’s degree in speech communication with a concentration in public relations from Auburn University and a doctorate of philosophy with an emphasis in journalism history from University of Southern Mississippi.

A 20-year member of the AEJMC, Miller previously earned the organization’s 2005 “National Small Programs Interest Group Teacher of the Year” award. She also received Georgia College’s 2000 “Excellence in Teaching” award for her work with students in public relations.

Miller also is a member of Public Relations Society of America and serves as a Georgia Public Relations Student Society of America adviser liaison for the College Relations Committee.

“Our community is filled with opportunities for our students to apply their classroom knowledge,” said Miller. “My goal is to continue to create real-time experiences for students to work with non-profit organizations and working professionals.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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