Kenneth Plowman graduated from Brigham Young University in 1977 with a degree in Public Relations. After that he attended the University of Maryland, where he completed a doctoral degree (1995) in Journalism, specializing in strategic management and conflict resolution in public relations. As he was finishing his PhD he started teaching at San Jose State University, where he taught until he accepted a position at BYU in 2002. From 2005-2008 Ken was the Public Affairs Officer for the US Army and then he returned as a professor for the Public Relations program at BYU. His fifteen-year PR career has also led him to Washington, DC, where he completed a master’s degree in Public Administration and interned for Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah).
Plowman now teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including public relations writing, campaigns, persuasion, communication management, integrated communications, and negotiation.
In 2012 Plowman was interviewed by BYU student Jordan Ludlow. In the interview Ken told about his history in PR and also advised students to listen carefully to what the media presented and to decide what part of it was truth. That year he also presented a lecture about Strategic Communication at the International Public Relations Research Conference. Plowman has presented at conferences and has had papers published in various academic journals, including the Journal of Public Relations.