Cedarville Welcomes New Instructor of Communications

by Public Relations

Cedarville University welcomes Heather Heritage, instructor of communications in the department of media and applied communication.

Heritage received her bachelor of science in dietetics from Youngstown State University in 2002. Following graduation she worked eight years as a consultant, center director and area market director for Jenny Craig Incorporation, which is owned by Nestle Nutrition. These positions allowed her to work alongside and manage others, teaching and training them to reach their full potential. She recently received her master’s degree in communications from The University of Dayton, hoping to one day work in the field of academia. In 2010 she became an adjunct professor at Cedarville, teaching fundamentals of speech. This experience shaped her love for teaching even more. This fall she will be serving as a full time faculty member.

“Teaching is what I love to do,” Heritage said. While working at Jenny Craig, Heritage wrote course material and training material and gained experience instructing, skills which contribute and enhance her new role as a teacher.

Heritage currently teaches fundamentals of speech and an introduction to public relations class at Cedarville. In the spring semester she will be teaching a public relations writing class.

Heritage hopes to bring the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), to Cedarville in the near future.  She would also like to offer a class on strategies and tactics of public relations.

As an instructor, Heritage says that her aspiration is to equip students with skills needed to succeed in the work place.

“The goal of a professional or a teacher should be to make your employees or students better than you were,” Heritage said. “If you make them better than you, you’ve done your job.”

Heritage encourages Christians in public relations to “stand by your convictions and don’t compromise.”

“You have to have convictions because if you are not living by biblical principles, it can be really easy to get caught up in the self-serving aspect of the field,” Heritage said.

Heritage enjoys the unique environment of Cedarville and is excited about working in a place where Christian principles are lived out daily.

Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.