Communications Toolkit for Academics

An Introduction to Public Communication Workshop

Communicating Beyond Journals and Peers: An Introduction to Public Communication. The workshop provides a broad overview of the foundations needed to communicate your research and scholarly work in a succinct and public manner, as well as providing tools and hands-on exercises to help you refine your communications skills.

John BesleyAssociate Professor and Ellis N. Brandt Chair in Public Relations
Sheril Kirshenbaum, host of MSU's Our Table, executive director of ScienceDebate

 In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Why it's important and how to develop a public communication strategy
  • The importance of conveying warmth, listening, competency and identity to your audiences
  • Skills to hone your writing
  • Techniques for choosing and focusing your message
  • Ways to get your message heard publicly
  • How to submit an article to The Conversation

Who Should Attend?

The information is for MSU faculty, post-docs and doctoral students. Academics from any area on campus are invited to participate as content is beneficial to those who work in all disciplines.

Due to space limitations in the room we will not have space for college communicators this time. If you have any questions, please contact Jessi Adler ( 


Class size will be limited to 20 participants and each workshop will run 3 hours to allow adequate discussion and activity time. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early for check in and refreshments. 

Workshops will be held at Communications Arts and Sciences Building, Room 184. 

In addition to these campus-wide workshops, private workshops can be arranged if a college/department has a minimum of 10 interested people. For more information, please contact Jessi Adler at 517-355-6469 or

Interested in learning more? Check out the other workshops in our series

Workshop Dates:

CHOOSE ONE (all sessions are identical)
Thursday, February 8       9am - noon
Tuesday, March 13           9am - noon

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