M. Elizabeth Wood
- President's Award for Teaching (2010)
- Indiana University Bloomington
School of Journalism
BIOGRAPHYWood, 58, taught public relations at the graduate and undergraduate levels and was a leader in service-learning classes in the School of Journalism that assisted many area nonprofits. She was a two-time winner of the Trustees Teaching Award in the School of Journalism.
In 2004, she helped launch the IU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and led it to become the seventh-largest student chapter in the world. In 2008, she led the successful effort for Indiana University to become one of only 20 universities to receive certification from the Public Relations Society of America.
She was a 1973 graduate of the IU School of Journalism and earned her law degree from the IU School of Law in Indianapolis in 1977. She joined the School of Journalism faculty in 2002.
Prior to joining the school, she spent 12 years in law firm marketing, the last six of which were with Barnes & Thornburg, Indiana's largest law firm. She also worked in corporate communications for Eli Lilly & Co. She was an adjunct faculty member at the School of Journalism at IUPUI, teaching public relations and communications law from 1981 to 1985.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the School of Journalism for either the Beth Wood Award in the School of Journalism for international travel for students or the Joan Wood Lecture Series in the College of Arts & Sciences to celebrate women in science and showcase careers in biology. Joan Wood was Beth's twin sister.