Eileen Wirth, Ph.D.

Chair and Public Relations Track

Dr. Eileen Wirth, who joined Creighton in 1991 after a long career in news and corporate PR, revels in informal contacts with her students at places like  Reinert Alumni Library and St. John’s Church. Her office door is always open to students seeking advice about classes, careers, co-curriculars – you name it. She writes numerous letters of recommendation and constantly connects students with JM&C alums and media professionals seeking interns and employees.

“You welcomed me to your office with a big hug and smile, reassuring me that all would be fine and I always had your number to dial,” wrote one senior as she graduated.

That typifies the spirit of JM&C department.

“Sure I’ve written five books and received an award or two but the daily opportunity to work one-on-one with students is what keeps me going at 75 miles an hour,” said Dr. Wirth.” I love this place and our students. I kid that I’ll leave when they carry me out of St. John’s feet first.”

“Obviously I’m proud of our amazing faculty, our excellent technology and the awards our students and faculty have received. However I am even more proud of the number of emails and calls I get from students and alums thanking us for the impact we had on their lives and careers.”


Dr. Wirth grew up on a Nebraska farm and holds her BA, MA and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as an MA from the University of Minnesota. She was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald for 11 years then worked in corporate PR at Union Pacific Railroad for eight years. Her books include They Made All the Difference, the story of the nation’s Jesuit high schools published by Loyola Press.

Besides working out six days a week, she loves to read, do volunteer work and writes reflections for Creighton’s online ministry site. She’s the proud parent of a Creighton graduate and serves on numerous Creighton committees.

My Classes

JRM 315 PR and Advertising Principle 3 credits
JRM335 History of American Mass Media 3 credits
JRM 341 Public Relations Writing 3 credits


  • B.A. in Journalism and Political Science University of Nebraska
  • M.A. in Political Science University of Minnesota
  • M.A. in Journalism University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D. in Political Science University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Creighton Journalism professor since 1991