Pam Parry joined the Belmont faculty in fall 2001, and she has taught journalism, public relations, and communication studies courses. She earned her doctorate of philosophy degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was named the top graduate student in 2009 by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. USM's School of Mass Communication and Journalism also bestowed on her two fellowships. Her dissertation, “The PR President: How Ike Transformed Political Communication,” is slated to be published by Lexington Books in December 2014.
An Accredited Public Relations (APR) practitioner, Parry earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia and her master's degree in journalism and public affairs from The American University in Washington, D.C. She also holds a seminary degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.
Parry worked as a religion reporter for about 10 years before switching to public relations, where she edited publications for a senior citizens lobby in Washington, D.C. In 1997, she started her own communication firm. As a small business owner, Parry worked for several clients in the nation's capital, including the nationally syndicated "The McLaughlin Group" and The Baltimore Sun. She also has written two trade books. Before coming to Belmont, Parry taught at American University, George Washington University's Center for Career Education and Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
In May 2008, Parry received Belmont's Presidential Faculty Achievement Award for outstanding service to students outside the classroom. In August 2009, she was named the Teacher of the Year by the Small Program's Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Parry created the public relations major and minor at Belmont University. Additionally, she secured the charter for Belmont's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and developed the student-run public relations firm, Tower Creative Consultants. Today, she directs the corporate communications major within her department.