Dr. Michael Turney
Professor Emeritus of Communication
and Independent Consultant
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NKU has announced it will no longer support "personal faculty websites" like this.
So, this site will soon disappear. Before it does, please note that you can now
access my public relations readings and other instructional content at:


My time at the university was quite a ride.

From the early days when Nunn Hall was the only building on the Northern Kentucky State College campus to the frustration of preparing Northern Kentucky University for SACS re-accreditation was like a thrill-filled roller coaster. Sometimes I laughed. Sometimes I cried. And, sometimes, I wanted to scream. But, what I loved most were the joys and satisfactions of teaching.

Now, I'm officially retired and take delight in being able to ...

  • write and produce whatever I choose;
  • read for pleasure instead of necessity;
  • travel leisurely instead of on deadline; and
  • live without a wristwatch.

Among my post-retirement projects have been ...

  • a Ken Burns-style documentary about Sister of Charity nurses during the Civil War;
  • public lectures and on-air discussions about radio news coverage of World War II;
  • strategic public relations planning workshops for the American Assoc. of Port Authorities;
  • successfully coaching candidates preparing for IABC professional accreditation; and
  • recruiting and training field workers for the 2010 U.S. Census.

Turney head shot

Being retired doesn't mean
"not working."
It means getting to choose
what I work on and when.


Need a communication consultant, teacher, or presenter?

I'm particularly adept at strategic public relations planning,
crisis communication,
hands-on writing workshops, and
explaining the socio-cultural impacts of mass media.

Email turney@nku.edu or phone me at home.

Links to additional information:

Mini-biography of my professional career

View Michael Turney's profile on LinkedIn


Work samples:

Practicing Public Relations Website
evolved from my former PR class website
but is no longer meant just for students.

Online Readings in Public Relations by Michael Turney
Short, textbook-style articles on public relations topics.

Lois Sutherland:
Founder of the NKU Communication Department

Mini-biography of a dear, departed colleague.

NKU's Outreach and Public Engagement
Annual Report for 2005-06

Published by the Associate Provost for Outreach.

The Ballad of Amos Kendall
Sabbatical research in song format.

Aligning for Public Engagement: Laying the Foundation
Booklet for the Associate Provost for Outreach.

The Ballad of SACS Reaffirmation
Song parody promoting NKU's re-accreditation.

Rediscovering Democracy:
A Report on the 2004 Kentucky Summit on Civic Literacy

Published by the Kentucky Secretary of State.

In response to administrative requests, links to my former course syllabi have been removed. Since I am no longer actively teaching, there were concerns that this out-of-date information might confuse current students who happened upon it.

23 May 2017