Instructor of Journalism
Although Jo Hamm has been in secondary education for over 27 years, her connection to USI has been intact for the last 7 years as a College Achievement Program Journalism instructor and English adjunct. This year she joins the university full time in the Communications Department, specializing in journalistic writing and design. Her background for this extends from practical experience both as a freelance writer and publications adviser. She advised high school yearbook and newspaper staffs for over 20 years, establishing a reputable journalism program at Mount Vernon High School. This work and dedication to education and journalism has been recognized with numerous awards from publishing companies and journalistic societies. In 2000 she received the Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Award, with which she published a photojournalism book about life in Posey County. As a Lilly Fellow, she participates in Lilly’s Extended Creativity Summer Workshops.
She received her undergraduate degree in Communications and Theatre Arts from Taylor University and an MSSED degree from Indiana State University, specializing in English and Journalism.
Jo enjoys motorcycle riding and classic rock. She’s passionate about helping people realize their creativity and purpose in life. She serves as a recruiter for Home Instead Senior Care in Evansville, IN.