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School of Communication

Camille Downing

Instructor

Camille DowningContact information

Education

  • M.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, Point Park University
  • B.S., Business Communications, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

  • Public Relations
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Nonprofit Communications
  • Media Relations
  • Freelance Communications

Background

Camille Downing has been an adjunct associate professor at Point Park since 1998 and became a full-time instructor in 2015. In her role, Downing acts as a professional-in-residence in the School of Communication, where she teaches public relations and integrated marketing communications courses while continuing her work as the president of Downing Communications, an independent consultancy that specializes in non-profit public relations and marketing communications. Her clients have included numerous hospitals, universities and social service agencies in Pittsburgh and across the state. As a communications professional with more than 30 years of experience in all facets of strategic communications planning and implementation, Downing brings a unique blend of talent and expertise to both the classroom and the board room.

Downing has been actively involved in the International Association of Business Communicators for more than 25 years serving in leadership roles at the local, regional and international level. She helped found the IABC Heritage Region, which incorporates 19 chapters in the northeast and Midwestern part of the United States, and served as the region’s first regional director. She serves as the co-chair of the IABC Heritage Region Conference — a position she has held for the past three years — and is a member of the board of directors.

Downing lives in Hampton with her husband, Joe. They have a daughter, Sierra, who attends Westminster College, and a son, Alex, who attends American University.

Professional Affiliations

  • Pittsburgh Chapter, International Association of Business Communicators
  • Heritage Region Board, International Association of Business Communicators

Professional Awards

  • Renaissance Award of Excellence, Annual Report/Capabilities, Public Relations Society of America
  • Renaissance Award of Merit, Marking Communications (Business to Consumer), Public Relations Society of America
  • Award of Honor, Publications, IABC District 3 (East Coast region)
  • Excellence (3), Publications, IABC Golden Triangle Awards
  • Award of Excellence (2), Writing, IABC Golden Triangle Awards
  • Award of Honor (5), Publications, IABC Golden Triangle Awards
  • Award of Merit (3), Publications, Public Relations Society of America
  • Award of Merit (2), Publications, Women in Communications
  • Award of Excellence, Publications, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
  • Award of Honor, Publications, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials 
  • Award of Excellence, Publications, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
  • Superior Award, Special Events, Hospital Association of Pennsylvania
  • Meritous Award, Publications, Hospital Association of Pennsylvania

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