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Sandy Henry


Prior to joining the SJMC faculty, Henry amassed more than 20 years of experience in creative advertising and digital media production, in both agencies and in-house environments. Her clients have covered the spectrum, from a major grocery store chain, to a non-profit arts organization, to one of the world’s largest agricultural seed companies. Henry has won many awards for her work – including Addys, Tellys, NAMAs and CASE Awards – but she is most proud of the awards won by her students – including American Advertising Awards and the Broadcast Education Association International Festival of Media Arts Best of Festival Award.

Sandy is currently serving a two-year term as the Faculty Fellow of Student Programs for the Broadcast Education Association.

Henry received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake, and a Master of Science in Mass Communication from Miami University. Her research interests include multimedia pedagogy, advertising in athletics (especially the Super Bowl) and curriculum development.

A self-described tech geek, Henry has been an Apple Certified Trainer (Final Cut Pro) and is active with the Interactive Media and Emerging Technology division of the Broadcast Education Association. From 2020-2023, she served as the chair of the BEA Festival of Media Arts, an international digital media and broadcast competition encompassing 17 faculty and student content production competitions.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-3714
Address: Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication Meredith Hall 118 2805 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

Office: Meredith 115
Office Hours: Tues 10:00-11:30am, Tues 2:00-3:00pm, Wed 1:00-3:00pm, Thurs 10:00-11:30am Or by email request for appointment

Courses Taught

  • JMC031 Multimedia Lab
  • JMC057 Video Production
  • JMC059 Intro to Visual Communication
  • JMC063 Video for Journalists
  • JMC076 Advertising Principles
  • JMC113 Concepts in Consumer Awareness
  • JMC124 Copywriting and Content Design
  • JMC141 Strategic Message Design
  • JMC145 Advertising Campaign Strategy (aka The Capstone)
  • JMC172 Journalism Capstone
  • MAC 210 Visual Communication