MMC Mass Communication
University of South Carolina 1999
University of Pittsburgh 1993
As a communications specialist, Dawn develops and implements communications strategies to support the mission of Clemson Cooperative Extension. She serves as the managing editor for both Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension and the Journal of South Carolina Water Resources. She is the imprint director for Clemson Extension publishing under Clemson University Press and is a member of the Clemson University Press editorial advisory board. Dawn has been employed at Clemson University since 2008. Before joining Extension in 2018, she conducted program management activities within water resources programs in Clemson Public Service and Agriculture (PSA) and managed the coordination of the biennial South Carolina Water Resources Conference for nine years. From 2013 to 2015, she split her employment as a marketing strategist with the former offices of Public Affairs and Economic Development.
Dawn has worked in the field of integrated marketing communications and project management for over twenty-five years. Past career positions have included public relations account manager and media relations specialist with Newman, Saylor, and Gregory (advertising/PR firm); director of marketing and communications for Harvest Hope Food Bank; grassroots and media coordinator with the South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative; and assorted communications and special event involvement with the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, and the Kiawah Island Community Association. In addition, she has served as a consultant and provided pro-bono work for a variety of nonprofit organizations and private firms.
Some of Dawn's memorable career highlights include serving as the project lead for the launch of the Land-Grant Press initiative in 2019; establishing the Journal of South Carolina Water Resources in 2014; receiving the SCPRSA Mercury Award in the public affairs category for the SCBAC Breastfeeding Legislation Campaign in 2006; serving on the South Carolina Breastfeeding Action Committee (SCBAC) from 2005 to 2006 to lobby for legislation supporting breastfeeding mothers in South Carolina (enacted in 2006, SC Act 269); coordinating the media volunteers team for 3 Rivers Music Festival in Columbia from 2000 to 2003; serving on the public relations team for the launch of the South Carolina Education Lottery in 2002; and participating in the University of South Carolina's "Women Helping Women Achieve" Program as a volunteer mentor from 2001 to 2002.
Dawn graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina's Master of Mass Communications graduate program and completed her bachelor's degree in Communication at the University of Pittsburgh.
Vice-Chair, Communications Committee
Southern Region Program Leadership Network (SR-PLN)
Cooperative Extension System
Digital Accessibility Committee
Clemson University Accessibility Commission
Extension and Outreach
LAND-GRANT PRESS BY CLEMSON EXTENSION (Managing Editor)
The Land-Grant Press repository (lgpress.clemson.edu) was launched in July of 2019. Land-Grant Press publications are science-based, peer-reviewed scholarly work authored by Clemson Extension Agents and University scientists for professionals, managers, and owners who benefit from Extension’s program offerings. The Land-Grant Press repository serves as a partner collection to the Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC), which provides research-based information on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety and preservation, and nutrition, physical activity, and health to homeowner and Master Gardener audiences (hgic.clemson.edu).
JOURNAL OF SOUTH CAROLINA WATER RESOURCES (Managing Staff Editor)
The Journal of South Carolina Water Resources is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication established in 2013 by South Carolina Water Resources Conference planning committee members to enhance outreach efforts. The Journal is published annually, and the issues are available through the Clemson Libraries TigerPrints digital repository. The aim of the Journal of South Carolina Water Resources is to provide a forum for articles about the condition of South Carolina\'s water resources, with the goals of influencing science-based management decisions and heightening awareness of water resources. Authors are encouraged to consider this forum as an outlet to communicate information and results from their work on advancements in water science, policy, management, and law pertaining to South Carolina.
LinksLand-Grant Press by Clemson Extension
Clemson Cooperative Extension
Division of Assessment and Scholarship
Journal of South Carolina Water Resources
Clemson University Press