Kate Elliott
Kate Elliott
Lecturer in School of Journalism and Strategic Communication


Room:AJ 381

About Kate Elliott


Kate H. Elliott is a lecturer and coordinates the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication's Magazine Media concentration. She chairs the College of Communication, Information, and Media (CCIM) Engagement Task Force and serves on several university committees and initiatives. From 2018-2020, Elliott supported Ball State's historic partnership with Muncie Community Schools (MCS) as faculty fellow to the provost. Alongside teachers, administrators, and community partners, Elliott is working to realize a holistic educational system that nurtures student success and community wellbeing. She continues to serve MCS as a member of the MCS-Ball State Academic Innovation Council.


In the classroom, Elliott is driven to outfit the next generation of storytellers and strategists with the confidence, expertise and connections to lead competitive, in-demand fields. She regularly teaches JOUR 101: Media & Society, a core course- open to any major- that dives into media literacy and the range of rewarding careers in journalism, public relations, advertising and visual storytelling. She also teaches all of the courses within the Magazine Media concentration, which equips students with the expertise and connections to excel at storytelling for news outlets, nonprofits and companies.


Facilitation of several immersive learning experiences reflect Elliott's commitment to community-focused storytelling. In fall 2017, she guided a team of student journalists to profile farmers, nonprofit leaders, residents in food deserts, and more as part of a storytelling movement to share the challenges and opportunities within Muncie's food system. In spring 2016, she worked with marketing, public relations, and journalism graphics majors to advance the reach and reputation of ecoREHAB, a Muncie nonprofit that transforms abandoned properties into energy-efficient homes for residents in need. She also guided an immersive project to celebrate the Department of Journalism's 50th Anniversary and BSU's Centennial in 2019.



  • Bachelor of Journalism, Magazine, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Master of Higher Education Leadership, Valdosta State University

Professional Experience


  • Assistant Lecturer, School of Journalism and Strategic Communication, Ball State University 2021-present
  • Assistant Lecturer, Department of Journalism, Ball State University, 2016-2021
  • Freelance writer, editor and strategist, Muncie, Indiana, 2015–present
  • Editor and Communications Manager, Ball State Alumnus, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 2013–2015
  • Communications Manager, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 2011–2013
  • Voice Editor and Communications Specialist, Valdosta State University, 2007- 2011
  • Freelance journalist, Valdosta Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2007–2011
  • Feature Writer and Columnist, Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald, Texas 2004–2006
  • Writer, Rural Missouri magazine, Jefferson City, Missouri; May-August 2004
  • Writer, Reuters AlertNet, London, England; 2003–2004
  • Staff Writer, Columbia Daily Tribune and VOX magazine, Columbia, Missouri, 2002-04

Honors and Awards


  • Immersive Learning Award, Ball State University, Spring 2019
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Communication, Information and Media, Ball State University College, August 2018
  • Muncie’s “20 Under 40,” as featured in M Magazine, The Star Press, July 2018
  • Faculty Excellence, National Residence Hall Honorary, Ball State University, March 2017, April 2018
  • Diversity Scholarship Recognition Certificate, Office of Institutional Diversity, Ball State University; April 10, 2018
  • Silver Advertising Federation of East Central Indiana (ADDY) Award, holiday e-card/print piece, Ball State University, 2012, 2013
  • Silver Advertising Federation of East Central Indiana (ADDY) Award, “Strategic Plan Year Four Progress Report: Demonstrating Our Value in a Changing World,” Ball State University, 2012
  • Best of Cox Award (multimedia production), Cox Newspapers, Inc., 2007
  • Honorable Mentions, Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, 2006, 2007

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Public Relations Top 397 1A 0000 - 0000
Immersion: Special T 397 1A 0000 - 0000