Natalie Kompa Receives 2014 Conley Award for Outstanding Teaching

Natalie Kompa


Columbus, OH Ohio Dominican University (ODU) assistant professor of Public Relations and Marketing Communications, Natalie Kompa, is the recipient of the 2014 Conley Award for Outstanding Teaching. 

The Conley Award is presented annually to one professor who demonstrates excellence in teaching, and dedication to students and the University. The ODU student body selects the recipient of the Conley Award. 

“The Conley Award is the greatest honor a professor at ODU can receive,” said Kompa. “I’m touched by the students’ vote of confidence and the faith they put in me. It’s my honor to be a part of their lives and their journey throughout their college experience. Watching them succeed as students and young professionals makes my job amazing.” 

“Professor Kompa consistently demonstrates a high level of instructional excellence and exhibits true enthusiasm for the public relations field and her students,” said ODU Vice President for Academic Affairs Theresa Holleran, Ph.D. “It is no surprise and quite appropriate that ODU’s students selected her to receive this year’s Conley Award for Outstanding Teaching. We’re extremely proud to have professor Kompa leading ODU’s Public Relations and Marketing Communications program, and excited that she’s being recognized for her commitment to helping students excel as students and graduates.” 

Kompa has taught Public Relations and Marketing Communications full-time at ODU since 2008, and has been instrumental in creating new Public Relations and Marketing Communications courses for students interested in going into the field. 

Kompa previously served in a variety of executive public relations management roles, including as a manager in the Public Affairs department for Borden, Inc. and as vice president of Public Relations for Huntington Bancshares, Inc. She also formed her own consulting business, helping mid- to large-size companies, hospitals and community consortiums enhance their visibility. She speaks regularly on the topics of public relations, marketing communications and social media, and participates in numerous associations, including Public Relations Society of America, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Boy Scouts of America. 

Kompa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from The Ohio State University, and her Master of Business Administration from Capital University. She lives in Upper Arlington. 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. At Ohio Dominican, students connect their passion with their purpose.