Assistant Professor of Media
Chris Putman has public relations in her DNA and wants to use that passion and skill set to inspire lives in a positive way. After a 25-year career in public relations, Putman’s desire to pass on her life experience to young minds led her to teach. She is dedicated to her students and to being a life-long learner. In an effort to keep pace with the media world and ensure fresh lectures, she travels each year to locations providing the latest industry information so that she may be well equipped to teach in the College of Arts and Cultural Studies Communication and Media Department.
To provide a relevant program of study, Putman adopts a for-profit client for her Principles of Public Relations and Engaging Media class for whom the students write a senior prom for senior citizens event plan and then host the event connecting the young and old. In her Branding, Promotions & Storytelling class, her students function as an agency to raise awareness for a nonprofit client. At the semester's end, the agency's leadership, the account executive, pitches the cause to real-world investors to obtain funding in "Shark Tank" style. Students reap real-world experience and an international client's name for their resume. One student won a national award for her client work. Putman's takeaway is a satisfied heart.
In Publication Workshop, students learn more than publications concepts and design software. Student writers provide content for the Communication and Media Department alumni social media magazine, The Communique. The publication has won numerous awards including Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association's "Best in State" and placed number one in the nation in Public Relations Student Society of America’s competition. Now the magazine has moved to social media and has its own Facebook page.
After teaching for nearly two decades at ORU now, Putman continues to find the students absolutely refreshing; loves their bright minds, tender hearts and hunger for God. "I've taught and worked for several colleges and universities, but none compare to ORU," Putman said. "The ability to pray in the classroom and integrate Christian principles into the curriculum is far more rewarding than simply providing material for a student to absorb."
Putman earned a bachelors in Mass Communications/Education and a masters in College Teaching/Communications from Northeastern State University has completed some doctorate work at Oklahoma State University in addition to a business certificate and being state certified to teach journalism and seven areas of business. She is currently an assistant professor in the Communication and Media Department of the College of Arts and Cultural Studies at Oral Roberts University.