Communications faculty

Annette Vander Kooi Minnick, M.A.

Associate Professor of Communications
Department Chair

M.A., University of Iowa
B.A., Northwestern College



Before being recruited to teach in Northwestern’s communications department, Professor Minnick was the community relations director for the Orange City Area Health System, overseeing both their regional marketing and corporate communications. She has also coordinated public relations and marketing efforts at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, and the Grinnell (Iowa) Regional Medical Center.

Minnick is a certified Public Information Officer by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the United States Department of Homeland Security. She also served as secretary for the Iowa Hospital Association Marketing and Public Relations Society and has guest lectured on public relations at Augustana College and the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota.

Minnick has used her communications skills as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and United Way, as well as other community organizations. A leader in the Iowa Communication Association, Minnick serves as business manager of the Iowa Journal of Communication. She is certified as a speech judge by the Iowa High School Speech Association and is a high school speech coach.