Mr. Skutski joined the Department as an adjunct in 2001. He created and continues to teach four different filmcourses--Eastern and Central Europe in Film and Print, East and West in Filmand Print, Classics of Modern European Cinema, and Contemporary World Cinema.
Prior to joining the department, he spent over 30 years in the public relations industry. He began his career at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory of Westinghouse Electric, and spent seven years with Burson-Marsteller before founding his own firm, Skutski & Associates, in 1980. He has taught writing,literature and public relations courses at the Univesity of Pittsburgh and the Community College of Allegheny County. His primary academic interest is the cinema of Eastern Europe.
He also coordinates the Department's Language Lab and technology initiative and is a member of the University's annual Human Rights Film Series committee.
Karl is also a published novelist and has written a play that had a recent reading at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. He is active in the community, and has served as chairman of the board of the World Trade Center of Pittsburgh, chairman of the board of Ward Home (which serves at-risk teens), on advisory boards at Ball State and Robert Morris universities, and numerous other non-profit organizations. He also founded the Pittsburgh chapter of Computers for Ukraine, a humanitarian effort that shipped over 1000 computers to schools, orphanages and villages in Ukraine. A charter member of PIttsburgh's Public Relations Hall of Fame, in 2001 he received the Most Distinguished Alumnus Award from the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.
He is also a past president of IPREX, a network of over 50 independent public relations firms around the world, a past president of PRSA/Pittsburgh, and a former member of the national board of the Counselors Academy of PRSA. He continues to conserve as a management consultant to the public relations and advertising industry, and recently developed a software program that is being utilized in the profession.
Karl has spoken at over fifty business and academic conference in the U.S. and Europe on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from total quality management and crisis communications to postmodernism and Polish cinema. He has also contributed to numerous books and magazines in the public relations profession as well as academic journals.
He lives with his wife Mary in Wexford, PA. Their daughter is an immigration attorney in Boston.
ML 475W East and West in Film and Print
ML 476W Eastern and Central Europe in Film and Print
ML 477W Classics of Modern European Cinema
ML 250 Contemporary World Cinema
ML 275-01 Human Rights in Film
"Krzysztof Kieslowski: Prophet of Secular Humanism in the New Europe.' Presented at the "Rediscovering Polish Cinema Conference: History, Ideology, Politics," University of Lodz," Poland, October 23, 2006. (Published in conference proceedings.)
"Secular Humanism as the Grand Narrative of the Postmodern Era." Presented at the International Society for the Study of European Ideas 9th Conference, "The Narrative of Modernity: Co-Existence of Differences,' University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, 2 - 7 August, 2004. (Published in conference proceedings.)
"Employee-Based Succession Planning." Peer-reviewed monograph, published by the Counselors Academy of the Public Relations Society of America, 2005.
"Assessing Your Web Site for Credibility and Effectiveness." PR Tactics, March, 2003.
"We Need China In" (op-ed, written as chairman of the World Trade Center of Pittsburgh). Pittsburgh Post Gazette, March 29, 2000. (Also appeared in others newspapers throughout Pennsylvania.)
Revised Copy (novel). Commonwealth Publications, Edmonton, 1996.
"Public Relations/Publicity,' complete chapter in The Business-to-Business Communications Handbook. NTC Business Books, Lincolnwood, Illinois, 1992.
"Conducting a Total Quality Communications Audit," The Public Relation Journal. 48, no. 4: 32-36. 1992
The Crisis Communications Planning Guide: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Preventing Public Relations Disasters. SPS Communications, Pittsburgh, 1990.
The Hanover Story: Saga of an American Village. Braun-Brumfield, Ann Arbor, 1972.
Additional articles on public relations, marketing, crisis communications and related topics published in Pittsburgh Business Times, Executive Report, journals and newsletters of the Public Relations Society of America, the Counselors Academy, and International Association of Business Communicators, plus more than 100 articles ghost-written for clients in a wide range of newspapers, professional journals and trade magazines, including USA Today, US News and World Report, Christianity Today, Boston Globe, St. Louis Dispatch, Cleveland Press, Omni, Change Magazine, Personnel Journal, American City, American Water Works Journal, Nuclear Power, Nuclear News, Electrical Word, Design News, 33 Magazine, Contract, Interior Design, Production, Pulp and Paper, Oil and Gas Digest, Pipeline Journal, Production Engineering, Automotive News, Computer World, Building Design and Construction, Building Operating Management, Office Products News, Engineering Week, Energy User News, Coal Age, Modern Healthcare, Aviation Week and Space Technology, Defense News, EEEI Spectrum, Transmission and Distribution, Power Engineering, Technology Review, Furniture Manufacturing, et al.
"Teaching Global Issues Through Film." Act 48 Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, October 2010.
"Teaching Global Issues Through Film." Act 48 Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, February 2010.
"The Role of an International Education in the Marketing of US Goods and Services to the European Union.' Presented at the European Union Day conference, sponsored by the Small Business Development Center and the Center for International Regulatory Assistance of Duquesne University, September 2008.
"Rethinking the Course Web Site: How to Make Your Site More Student Friendly.' Presented at 4th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference sponsored by the Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group and hosted by Duquesne University, March 2007.
"Krzysztof Kieslowski: Prophet of Secular Humanism in the New Europe." Presented at the "Rediscovering Polish Cinema Conference: History, Ideology, Politics," University of Lodz, Poland. October 23, 2006.
"The Imagineering of Reality in Emir Kusturica's Underground." Presented at the 30th Annual West Virginia University Colloquium on Literature and Film, September 17, 2005.
"Secular Humanism as the Grand Narrative of the Postmodern Era.' Presented at the International Society for the Study of European Ideas 9th Conference, "The Narrative of Modernity: Co-Existence of Differences,' University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, 2 - 7, August, 2004.
"Five Faces of America in Eastern European Cinema.' Presented at the Western Pennsylvania International Literature Symposium, March 2003.
"The Value of a Liberal Arts Education." Remarks to the graduating classes of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts and the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Duquesne University, upon being honored with the College's Most Distinguished Alumnus Award. May 2001.
"Crisis Management for Non-Profits." Association of Fundraising Professionals. Pittsburgh, September 2012.
"Converting Business Equity to Personal Wealth,' Innisbrook Group (network of independent advertising and public relations firms), Las Vegas, October 2010.
"Employee-Based Succession Planning for Owners of Public Relations Firms." Presented at the annual spring conference of the Counselors Academy of the Public Relations Society of America, Orlando, Florida, May 2006.
"Public Relations: Honing Your Message." Business Marketing Association educational seminar series, Pittsburgh, May 2003.
"Managing a Midsize Public Relations Firm," Counselors Academy, Spring Conference, Tuscon, Arizona, May 2003.
"What to Do When Your Product Causes a Catastrophe. " Communications Week, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, April 1999.
"Total Quality Communications" (presented at numerous venues, including IBM World Communications Council , Armonk, N.Y. April 1992; National Conference, Public Relations Society of America, Denver; TRW Corporate Communicators Conference, Cleveland; Broward County Chamber of Commerce, Florida; Pittsburgh Society of Engineers; national advertising agency network, San Diego; American Society for Quality Control, Pittsburgh; American Productivity and Quality Center, Pittsburgh.
"Secrets of Success: Growing a PR Firm." Public Relations Society of America, Milwaukee.
"Marketing Higher Education." Presidents Conference, Council of Independent Colleges, Phoenix.
"11th Hour Override of a Governor's Veto: A Case Study in Public Affairs." Public Relations Society of America, Harrisburg.
"Effective Marketing Public Relations." Public Relations Society of America, Akron
"Technology and the Media (panel discussion)" Bethany College, Bethany West Virginia
Plus participation in seminars, roundtables, and workshops sponsored by various professional societies and universities
Career Day presentations:
- Point Park College
- Slippery Rock University
- Robert Morris
- Duquesne University
- University of Pittsburgh
- Ball State University