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U of M Professor Rick Fischer Named PRSA's Educator of the Year
For release: February 7, 2006
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Dr. Rick Fischer, professor of journalism at the University of Memphis, has been named 2005 National Educator of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America.

The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes a PRSA member for excellence in teaching based on contemporary, research-based knowledge of public relations, and contributions to the advancement of public relations education.

“Dr. Fischer epitomizes all that the PRSA Outstanding Educator Award stands for – advancing the profession, training future PR leaders, and adding to our industry’s body of knowledge,” said Kelly Wormer, chair of the PRSA Honors and Awards Committee.

Fischer’s dedication and commitment to teaching has earned him praise from students, fellow faculty members, and public relations professionals. He provides his students with the tools and resources to make a successful transition from college to the working world. During his tenure at the U of M, graduating journalism students have experienced an employment rate of 86 percent, far above the national rate of 50 percent. Fisher designed and implemented the JobNet program for the Memphis chapter of the PRSA, a key placement tool for PR graduates and professionals.

Among his many honors, he was twice named Professional of the Year by the Memphis chapter of PRSA. In 2001 he was recognized by the National Academic Advising Association as one of the top 10 advisers in the U.S, and was named top faculty adviser in the College of Communication and Fine Arts in 2000.

Prior to his academic career, Fischer was a Navy public affairs officer, earning a vice presidential commendation from George H. W. Bush and all the top awards available for public affairs programming.

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