Liz Lareau


Liz is an instructor for the Communications and Digital Media Department.

She teaches public speaking and core public relations courses as well as serves as the advisor for The Buzz student newspaper.

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Education and Training

  • MA, Western Illinois University, Communication
  • BS, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Broadcast Journalism

My approach to teaching is unique because I continue to practice in the professional areas of media, marketing public relations, and the digital space. I spent the first 30 years of my career in the television news, organizational, and marketing public relations categories. My goal is to provide my students with real-world skills in the areas of media, public relations, and digital space so that students are competitive job seekers in these growing communications industries. The stronger your portfolio, the better chances of getting a PR position after graduation.

Liz Lareau


Miczo, N. and Lareau, E.M. (2016). "Exploring the Relationship Between Online Health Information-Seeking Motivations and Patient Narratives for Orthopedic Practice Web Sites." The Ohio Communication Journal.

Recent Publications

2018 - Geeky F@b Five, "It's Not Rocket Science," Papercutz, NY, NY.
2019 - Geeky F@b Five, "The Mystery of the Missing Monarchs," Papercutz, NY, NY.
2020 - Geeky F@b Five, "DOGgone CATastrophe". Papercutz, NY, NY.
2020 - Geeky F@b Five, "Food Fight for Fiona." Papercutz, NY, NY.
2021 - Geeky F@b Five, "The Smoky Mountain Science Squad," Papercutz, NY, NY.

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Courses Taught

COMM 129 Principles of Public Speaking

COMM 240 Principles of Public Relations

Community Service and Memberships

2019, Childrens Book Council, Panelist, ComicCon, San Diego

2018, American Library Association Annual Conference. "Diversity and inclusivity from the perspective of libraries/publishing/authors in the industry." June 24.

2016, Western Illinois University, Communications Student Society, Panelist. Frontline: Effects of Online Marketing on Teens.

2015, Central States Communication Association, co-presented Exploring the Relationship Between Online Health Information-Seeking Motivations and Patient Narratives for Orthopedic Practice Web Sites.

2014, National Communication Association, Presented Rhetorical Analysis. "Camp Gyno as Carnivalesque."

2014, Western Illinois University. Quad Cities Research and Scholarship Symposium (QCRSS). "Camp Gyno as Carnivalesque."

2010, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA. Panelist. Careers in Public Relations. November 15.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Parish Council, and Marketing Committee, 2016 to present. Assist in parish public relations, digital parishioner communications, and social media strategy for parish.

Women's Connection. Marketing Committee member 1998-2015. Assist executive director with program and national speaker identification.

Public Relations Society of America. President, Quad Cities Chapter, 2000; various board positions since 1995.

"Catholic Mirror," Newspaper of the Diocese of Des Moines, IA, 1992, Editorial Board.

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