Mark Pietrowski Jr., is the associate director for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming. He has been with the office since 2007. Mark is a Northern Illinois University alumnus where he earned a bachelor's degree in communication with an emphasis on media and a master's degree in communication with an emphasis on rhetoric and media. He received an award for his service as Graduate Student Adviser for the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Martha D. Cooper Award for Teaching Assistant Peer Leadership and Excellence and a Certificate of Appreciation from the NIU Supportive Professional Staff Council. At NIU he is faculty advisor for the NIU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and is a member of the Collaborative on Early Adolescenece (CEA), committee for the DeKalb Public Library "Big Read" event, NIU Annuitantants, and is an NIU LGBT Ally. He has formally been a member of the Unity in Diversity Steering Committee and the Supportive Professional Staff Council. Mark has experience teaching COMS 100 Fundamentals in Speech Communication, JOUR 200 Basic News Writing, JOUR 335 Principles in Public Relations, JOUR 360 Public Relations Writing, COMS 407 Practicum, and COMS 497 Internship for the Department of Communication.
In the community, Mark is an elected DeKalb County Board member for District 3 and serves on the Economic Development and Highway Committee. He is the current vice-president for the DeKalb Kiwanis, chair of the DeKalb County Democratic Party, secretary of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau, board member of the Egyptian Theatre and member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and Sycamore and DeKalb Chamber of COmmerce. He is a former elected Kishwaukee College trustee, and Joseph Glidden Homestead and Historical Center board member.