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Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA

Lecturer, Business Communication
Portrait of Jeanette Drake
114-B FCS (Fairlane Center South)
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126

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Jeanette Drake, LEO Lecturer III.

Dr. Jeanette Drake, APR, Fellow PRSA, is a writer, educator and consultant with 14 years’ experience managing corporate and nonprofit communications and 17 years as an instructor and instructional designer, both online and in the classroom.
As a journalist, she has been published in national and regional magazines and has been an editor of three publications, including an entrepreneurial community business newspaper in Columbus, Ohio, and an arts magazine serving the Midwest. Recent works include an edited book about communicating risk (Springer, 2016) and an analysis of the Flint water crisis that appeared in The Strategist, the preeminent journal for public relations professionals. 

In 2015, Jeanette joined the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she teaches Managerial Communications. 

Prior teaching included The University of Findlay in Ohio, where she earned tenure and established a national award-winning PRSSA chapter, and Kent State University, where she helped launch a master’s program in public relations.  Also, as a visiting faculty member at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, she developed a certificate program in public relations. 

Active learning and service learning pedagogies inform her teaching, which has earned grants from the Ohio Campus Compact and Southern Poverty Law Center.

Outside of the classroom, she provides consulting services via jNet Learning—designing inspired solutions to help clients meet their training, development and organizational communication goals.  Accredited in Public Relations (APR), her work has been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America. She is past president of two chapters and, in 2008, was elected to the College of Fellows. 

Jeanette received her doctorate in Communication Studies from Bowling Green State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a master’s degree in public relations, both from The Ohio State University. Her scholarship focuses on social justice, digital communication, and framing strategies of environmental and public health issues.

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