Students

“I could say that I’ve taken a lot of classes in my day, but, in reality, it feels like I’ve only taken the same class many different times. Professor Weed’s classes, however, were different. Learning by application, rather than definition, was the stand-out factor of my classes with her, and really helped to me to more deeply understand the material presented. It also helped that Professor Weed made all of her students feel as if their presence and participation in class were truly valued, which made me look forward to class each and every day. If I could take the rest of my courses with her I would, but sadly I found that she didn’t teach medieval philosophy. It’s a shame really- Plato could’ve learned a lot from Professor Weed.””
Jonathan C.
Strategic Social Media (Spring ’16)
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Fall ’15)
 
 
Professor Amanda Weed has an obvious passion for strategic communications, but it wasn’t until I took a class with her that I realized her passion for teaching is just as strong. She takes an ordinary curriculum and makes it a realistic job experience, completely changing the game in conventional teaching. In her Strategic Social Media class, Professor Weed revolutionized the traditional journalism classroom, and challenged each of her students to think like a young professional in the online communications industry. Not only has Amanda taught me and many other students at Ohio University, but she also takes special care in being a mentor to all who reach out to her. She single-handedly directed me towards my career path, and I cannot wait to see the amazing things she will accomplish in the future.”
Betsy N.
Strategic Social Media (Spring ’15)
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Spring ’14)
 
 
” After having taken Strategic Communication Theory and Research with Amanda Weed already, I decided to take her next class: Strategic Social Media. I didn’t realize how big of an impact that decision would have on me. I have learned more in the 15-week class than I did in any other class I had taken in my then 3 years of school. We had hands on experience and heard from professionals who had to deal with Social Media in their careers. The networking alone from that class made it worthwhile. Projects from the class had us doing things with real companies, making it a real-life experience. Using information and tools created by professionals and wasn’t made up from a text book gave us a better understanding of what it would be like in the real world.
 
Due to the experiences from the class and also the work that I did, I was able to land a Social Media internship and beat out students from other elite universities. The knowledge I gained will be useful throughout my entire future career in Social Media. I am so thankful to this class for the opportunities it presented to me and Amanda will be a hero of mine forever. I hope we stay connected in the future and that other students come to see what a valuable teacher and person she is.”
Elicia G.
Strategic Social Media (Spring ’15)
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Fall ’14)
 
 
My first class with Professor Weed was in a room for over 200 students.  Not only did Professor Weed keep everyone involved in the discussion, she also made it fun, insightful and very informative.  Her lectures are based on practicality and helped us develop and hone the skills we need for successful careers.  In the Strategic Communications Theory and Research class, her counsel was invaluable.  She worked closely with each group, providing us with resources and advice.  The creative brief my team worked on was very well received by the brand we were assigned to. I doubt it could’ve been possible without Professor Weed’s guidance.  She is a great mentor and I often seek her advice on projects I’m working on.  She always makes time for her students and is always willing to help out.  I have used many of the skills that I learned in her class in my internships and I always recommend her class to students who are thinking about a career in PR or Advertising.”
Udit S.
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Fall ’13)
Introduction to Strategic Communication (Spring ’13)
 
 
After taking two strategic communication courses from Professor Weed, I can say with confidence that she is not only a wonderful professor, but a great mentor as well. The two courses I took from her were formatted completely differently (one being a large lecture, and one being a small discussion class), yet she managed to create an environment that was conducive to learning, and welcoming to discussion. Outside of the classroom, Professor Weed embodies what it means to be a mentor. She always made time for her students to meet with her to discuss anything from class work to current trends in communications, and fostered genuine relationships outside the walls of the classroom. I truly believe her classes have prepared me to be a better communications professional, and I look forward to taking more of her courses in the future.”
Sydney G.
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Spring ’14)
Introduction to Strategic Communication (Spring ’13)
 
 
Amanda Weed is one of the best teachers I have had throughout my academic career. I took her Strategic Communication Theory and Research class this spring. The way she teaches makes students want to learn more; she challenges students and pushes them to produce high quality work. Each reading, lecture, homework, and project students are assigned enforced what we were learning in the class and gave students a chance to apply what we learned to real life situations. You can tell that Amanda cares about her students; she is always willing to help in any way she can. After taking the class I feel I am more prepared for the working world of Strategic Communication and happy to know I have an amazing contact if I ever need help.”
Sara M.
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Spring ’14)
 
 
“Professor Weed is one of the best Strategic Communication professors I’ve had thus far. Her class is structured so that it provides real-life, hands-on experience, which is extremely valuable to me as an upcoming senior who will be entering the work force soon. Learning about how to conduct primary and secondary research to understand the mindset of the consumer group gave me the tools to successfully contribute to any future campaigns I may be a part of during my career. Professor Weed is down-to-earth, funny, relatable, and really makes an effort to engage her class instead of lecturing at them. I truly enjoyed going to class and look forward to utilizing what I’ve learned after completing my degree and graduating.”
Kelsey T.
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Spring ’14)
 
 
“Professor Weed is an incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and encouraging instructor, which she demonstrated particularly well in her teaching of Strategic Communication Theory and Research.  In this course, students were given the task of conducting secondary and primary research and then using our findings to develop a detailed and effective creative brief for a real client—all skills we will need to develop and use in a strategic communications position after graduation.  She holds our work to high standards but responds quickly with feedback on how we can improve as well as answering any questions we may have.  The work that I completed in Professor Weed’s class has prepared me for what lies ahead in my future in strategic communication and I am grateful to have had a professor who is so approachable, knowledgeable, and who encourages us to put in our absolute best effort to create the best end result.”
Holly C.
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Spring ’14)
 
 
“I had Amanda as a professor for both Introduction to Strategic Communication and Strategic Communication Theory and Research and she has yet to let me down.  I enjoy her teaching methods.  In my Intro course, she was able to make a lecture hall of over 200 students interactive with her use of a Facebook page and connecting what we learned in class to the real examples of advertising through our favorite commercials.  In Strat Comm Theory and Research, she treats her students as real Strat Comm experts by having them research a specific demographic and conduct a PR campaign for a client. Amanda challenges her students by making them earn their grades, and for that, I highly respect her as an educator and as a professional.”
Kelsey M.
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Spring ’14)
Introduction to Strategic Communication (Spring ’13)
 
 
“Professor Weed’s instruction of Strategic Communication Theory and Research was useful, challenging and beneficial to furthering my knowledge towards becoming a successful and contributing member to the industry.   By conducting my own research and preparing materials for “real” clients I was able to gain experience that will prove to be more valuable than a traditional lecture style course after I graduate.   Professor Weed puts her students first.   She responds to email questions promptly and while respecting deadlines, shows flexibility and understanding when necessary.   I am happy to say that after my completion of Strategic  Communication Theory and Research, I not only walk away with more information but with experience and the confidence to I know I can succeed. “
Jessica V.
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Spring ’14)
 
 
“Strategic Communication Theory and Research was, hands down, the most practical and useful course I have taken here at Scripps (with regards to my major, Strategic Communication).  We had the chance to experience account planning first hand, as we worked with real clients in order to complete a series of extremely detailed orientated projects, including a final creative brief document.  Through her class, I was able to expand upon and utilize the knowledge gained from previous Strategic Communication courses.  Creative and innovative thought was both encouraged and appreciated.  She held us to very high standards, which challenged us to constantly improve the quality of our work.  Professor Weed is approachable, understanding, and is genuinely interested in helping students any way she possibly can.  Overall, I feel as though Professor Weed’s course was a hugely positive learning experience and growing opportunity, both as a student and as a young professional.”
Catherine M.
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Fall ’13)
 
 
“Before taking Strategic Communication Theory & Research, I would say I just knew what Public Relations was on the surface.  After taking Professor Weed’s class, my juvenile definition was blown out of the water.  I learned the ins and outs of the strategic planning processes and what public relations truly meant.  The class went much further just reading and taking tests. We were taught how to research the demographics, psychographics, and media use of our consumers.  We were able to be hands on as if it were a real client.  We wrote papers on our consumers and clients that allowed us to deeper evaluate the research and results we were gathering.  This class didn’t feel like a normal class, it was a more open environment for us all to talk about the project.  After each lecture we would be able to implement what we learned that class into our paper and strategic plan.
 
Today I have a greater understanding of all the work that goes into a Public Relations agency and have a broader knowledge of the strategic communications process.  I talk about this class in interviews and to other students because it provided me with real world experience I am going to be able to implement into my internship this summer.  I have never learned so much from a class.  Professor Weed’s class reaffirmed why I chose Public Relations as my major.”
Carly G.
Strategic Social Media (Spring ’15)
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Fall ’13)
 
 
“My strategic social media class with Professor Weed was incredibly valuable. In a media landscape that is constantly evolving, learning how to engage with audiences through social media is not only useful, but also integral to success, whether you work in journalism, public relations, or advertisement. Professor Weed not only is an expert on how to correctly conduct yourself and your brand on social media, but she teaches you the skills in a laid-back, engaging, and encouraging environment. She is friendly, approachable, and an incredible resource for any student. Anyone would be privileged to take a course with Professor Weed.”
Nick H.
Strategic Social Media (Spring ’15)
 
 
“Professor Weed was very knowledgeable, professional, helpful and available whenever you needed assistance.  In these classes I learned the meaning behind advertisements, the research process when it comes to creating a campaign and creative brief, the understanding behind persuasion and consumer behavior and so much more.  For it being her first year in teaching college students I was extremely impressed!  I’m glad that I took these courses because I’ve already applied her teachings in real life situations!”
Jennifer H.
Introduction to Strategic Communication (Spring ’13)
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Fall ’13)
 
 
“It was in Amanda’s class with her guidance that I finally figured out what I want to do with my college career.  Her lectures were applicable to real life situations and every assignment helped our final project develop into something that I can now show future employers.  Her class was fun to come to, and it was great experience.”
Kate K.
Strategic Social Media (Spring ’15)
Strategic Communication Theory and Research (Fall ’13)
 
 
“I took Professor Weed’s Introduction to Strategic Communication class last spring semester, and really enjoyed it.  I actually applied some of the promotional techniques she lectured on to my job.  I work at a model and talent agency as a recruiter, so I applied what we learned to new approaches for recruiting new talent.  I pitched these techniques to my bosses and they loved them!  They actually had me train our other recruiters on the techniques as well.”
Kelley N.
Introduction to Strategic Communication (Spring ’12)

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