My name is Pamela Rolfe, and I’m from the United States. Throughout my undergraduate and master’s studies at the University of Florida—and later over my decades of professional experience—I’ve gained a wide range of important insights and have taken on a variety of roles at different publications. Today, as a communication professor at IE University, I continue my professional work in the sector as I share what I’ve learned with my students. When I’m not at work, I love to spend time in nature and be with my family—it’s what gives me the most happiness.
How you communicate speaks volumes about who you are and how you think
After completing her Bachelor’s in English and Philosophy and her Master’s in Mass Communication, Pamela wanted a career that allowed her to connect people while continuing to learn.
From the Associated Press and Reuters to The Hollywood Reporter and The Washington Post, Pamela has learned a lot throughout her professional journey. While it’s true that there are many different ways to understand communication, Pamela says she’s discovered that there is no substitute for facts—an increasingly important point for a culture that is consuming more and more information. In fact, one of Pamela’s main sources of motivation throughout her studies and career is her belief that the press is a public service that should strengthen democracy.
Combining her passion for trustworthy journalism with her love for teaching, Pamela joined the IE University community as a Bachelor in Communication and Digital Media professor in order to help students enhance their personal and professional outlook. No matter the future they choose for themselves, Pamela says that communication skills are a must-have for every student. After all, according to her, “the way a person communicates speaks volumes about who they are and how they think.”
Pamela is also committed to taking her students beyond the classroom. As a professor in the Bachelor of Communication and Digital Media, her classes provide students with the tools they need in order to transition into the work world—where success is not based only on one’s ability to write and report, but also on the ability to think critically and be confident. As she continues to regularly write for The Washington Post and lead as a Communication Officer at IE Business School, Pamela shares her real-world sector insights in her classes to help students effectively structure their careers and their relationships.
Pamela has some important advice to share with students. She says that they can apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world. Going forward, she hopes that they can take what they’ve learned to enrich themselves as a person, and not just to get a good grade.
For Pamela, life is all about balance. That’s why she likes to spend her free time taking part in life-enriching activities that center her and make her happy. She loves to read, do yoga, go hiking, and spend time in the great outdoors. But above all else, family is her priority—spending time with them is what most nourishes her.