Title: Associate Professor, Communication
Fine and Applied Arts
BA, Public Relations, Valparaiso University
MA, Communication Studies, Eastern Illinois University
Originally from east central Illinois, Kendra McClure grew up in Indiana and began her career as a public relations professional in St. Louis. She loved her time working in PR, but after a few encounters with unethical media outlets (stories she’d be glad to share over coffee sometime), the classroom started calling her name. She wanted the opportunity to teach up and coming communication professionals the importance of ethics. That new drive to teach led her back to Illinois and into graduate school. She joined the Parkland faculty part time in 2009 and became full time in 2010. "I feel incredibly blessed to be here," Kendra says. "Parkland is an exceptional institution in so many ways, and I'm thankful to be a part of it."
Kendra is impressed with the variety of courses Parkland offers to communication students, and she's grateful for the opportunity to teach several of them, including Introduction to Mass Communication, Introduction to Advertising, Introduction to Public Relations, Mass Media and Society, and Introduction to Public Speaking. She's also a faculty advisor for Applied Media Promotions (AMP), Parkland's student-staffed strategic communications firm.
When she's not on campus, Kendra enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children.