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2015 Alexia Vanides Online Teaching Award Recipient


Mike Kohler

The 2015 Alexia Vanides IMC Teaching Award went to Mike Kohler of Fort Collins, CO.

Mike Kohler joined the WVU IMC program with prior adjunct faculty experience at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), where he taught electronic media management and English composition. Kohler also earned his MBA and Bachelor of Science (Communications) degrees from UNO, where he was honored with Distinguished Service Awards from the Department of Communication and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

In the business world, Kohler has been a business owner, business coach and communication consultant. He served as a vice president for two of the largest U.S. broadband companies, with responsibility for internal communication, public relations, government affairs, media relations and television programming and production. In addition, he served as a marketing and communications consultant, specializing in content strategy, for a global engineering firm.

Stemming from his experience as both a franchisee and master franchisor, Kohler co-authored The Educated Franchisee, a guide for prospective entrepreneurs. Kohler has held leadership roles with numerous nonprofit, government and professional boards of directors.

He teaches IMC 633 and IMC 637 for the WVU IMC program.