Assistant Professor of Practice
Advertising & Public Relations
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Monique Farmer, APR is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the College of Journalism and Mass Communication teaching Strategic Writing, Public Relations Planning and Strategy and Public Relations Management and Case Studies. She has devoted nearly 20 years to the field and is committed to advancing the profession. Her work in the field has garnered invitations to speak at Ragan Communications Crisis Conference and PRSA's International Conference.
She previously served as the Director of Communications for Nebraska's largest school district, the Omaha Public Schools. Prior to that, she worked in Corporate Communications for ConAgra Foods (now ConAgra Brands), leading Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Communication, including global food recall notifications. There, she also supported Supply Chain Communication and led global employee volunteerism for the company.
Mrs. Farmer is an honor's graduate of the Affairs Qualifications Course. During her 12 years of service to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, she ultimately led a Crisis Communication/Media Relations team during a 5-month historic, 100-year flood event. For her leadership and performance, Farmer was awarded the second highest award of the Department of the Army Honorary Awards for Department of the Army Employees, The Superior Civilian Service Award.
Mrs. Farmer's insights into the frameworks and models school districts can use to approach rebranding initiatives were published in a study conducted by the national research group, Hanover Research. Additionally, was published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Newspaper Research Journal in July 2017. She holds a Master's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications (Media Studies) from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism (Advertising and Public Relations) from Midland University.
As part of her commitment to advancing the profession, Farmer developed an online Web platform designed to aid communication practitioners in the development of communication strategies (). In 2019, she earned a Certificate from Harvard Business School for successful completion of their .
Farmer’s external service commitments include serving as the Vice President of Outreach and Activities for PRSA Nebraska. She also serves on the board of Omaha STEM Ecosystem, the University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association and as Program Coordinator for the Omaha (NE) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.