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As a teacher (with a PhD in mass communications), writer, and mentor, I have empathized with anyone who has taken on the challenge of a writing project, small or large. Completing the process of transforming your idea, hypothesis, or question – a diamond in the rough, so to speak – into a first class book, paper, essay, thesis, or dissertation is an immensely satisfying achievement. As your advisor and advocate, I am ready and willing to assist you in meeting that challenge.

I am a Salt Lake City local resident in downtown with substantial teaching and research experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels for several major schools. I have worked extensively in public relations for a variety of organizations including a major metropolitan university, college of osteopathic medicine, and community college. My research interests cover a broad range – from music criticism and journalism history to the practical application of public relations theories and principles in client based campaign development and to the messaging and positioning of media coverage for major policy issues.

As a public relations teacher and counselor, I always have told my students (and clients) that, despite the tremendous variety of public relations activities available in the 21st Century, the success of public relations still links ultimately to the power and the beauty of the written word. Certainly, revision (or editing) is essential to making a meaningful, effective experience in the development of a good, sensitive writer especially for the purpose of clarity and concision.

I also take pride in being responsive, prompt, and accommodating so I can serve your needs best for completing a successful project. To help decide which level of service would be best for you, please contact me.

My schedule is flexible and I do accept rush jobs as well.

Profile Summary:
Editor, Writer and Researcher Salt Lake City, UT
More About Me
Music, Literature, The Arts, Fine Cuisine,
Work Experience:
Independent Writing, Media and PR Consultant, 2005 – present

Write, research, and edit on an independent contract basis for clients in the United States and overseas (including Japan, United Kingdom, Lebanon, and Cyprus). Serve as public relations consultant for a variety of public, private, and semi-public entities. Established a blog for which I serve as editor and writer, The Selective Echo,

Abromitis Online, 2004 – present

Teach, tutor, and develop course content on an independent contract basis.

Assistant Professor of Public Relations, Utah State University, 2001 – 2007
Act as lead professor in public relations sequence. Teach courses in introductory and advanced public relations. Serve as adviser to USU chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America and for PR students in matters of curriculum and internships. Supervise various graduate student committees. Serve on departmental committees for curriculum and graduate study.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Utah, 2000 – 2001
Taught three courses each semester. These included courses in advanced reporting, magazine feature writing, public relations cases and campaigns, and the editing process in mass communication and journalism.

Script and Projects Consultant, Family Health Radio Program, Ohio University of College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2000 – present.
Regularly contribute scripts based on current medical research for the only internationally-distributed daily health radio program produced by a medical school in the U.S. Also, serve as chief writer for school’s commencement ceremony script.

Graduate Associate, Family Health Radio Program, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1995 – 2000.
Became steady scriptwriter in November, 1999. Also, answer listener correspondence, maintain databases, edit scripts, prepare indices, compile periodical reports, assist in production, and write promotional co
Doctor of Philosophy, Journalism. Ohio University, 2002

Dissertation: “Making Order Out of Chaos: Music Criticism in U.S. Newspapers in the 1960s.”

Master of Science, Journalism. Ohio University, 1998.

Thesis: “Virgil Thomson: The ‘Near-Perfect’ Newspaper Music Critic, 1940-54.”

Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing. The University of Toledo, 1982.
Organizations / Affilations:
Public Relations Society of America

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

International Communication Association

American Journalism Historians Association

Kappa Tau Alpha, National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication

The Blue Key National Honor Fraternity

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Les Roka is located in Salt Lake City, UT and has the following skills: Editor, Writer and Researcher
Writing / Journalism
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My Skills

Editor, Writer and Researcher

Category: Writing / Journalism
Have taught courses in public relations writing and strategic
research methods including how to utilize qualitative and quantitative
methodologies (e.g., focus groups, surveys, and SPSS). I've also
chaired graduate student committees.

I can help you manage the full range of elements essential to a good
research project. I can help you sharpen the focus of your research
questions and hypotheses as well as the relevant importance of the
materials you've collected for your literature review. I can help you
frame your qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies so
that they meet your expectations in measurement and evaluation. And, I
can advise you on the presentation of your results and conclusion so
that they are clearly written for your targeted audience. I also can verify your citation style for accuracy and consistency.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Ph.D. and master's degree from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Years Experience: 25