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Dr Lois A. Boynton is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches ethics and public relations. She has published works on these two topics in academic journals including Communication Yearbook, Public Relations Review, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Promotion Management, and The Successful Professor. She also co-authored three book chapters, two on ethics and another on successful teaching techniques. She has 15 years of professional experience in journalism and corporate public relations.

Dr Elizabeth K. Dougall is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches public relations. Dougalls 20-year career includes extensive industry experience in strategic communication management and counselling for organisations in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Canada.Dougalls most recent research has been published in Public Relations Review, The Successful Professor, and the Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal. In May 2005,her longitudinal study of Australias major banks was featured in the U.S. trade magazine PR Week, as part of the new science of public relations.

Dr Annette Holba is Assistant Professor in the Communication and Media Studies Department at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, USA. She has authored several articles pertaining to the rhetoric of leisure in the United States and rhetorical criticism in Lizzie Borden studies. Her interest in public relations revolves around the use of rhetoric and ethics in an applied context. Current projects include an edited book (reader) for communication ethics and philosophy of communication in an applied context and the rhetoric of Eastern leisure studies.

Gwyneth Howell is Major Coordinator for Public Relations in the School of Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She holds degrees in MBA (Bond University), MBus Research (Queensland University of Technology), and is currently completing a PhD (University of Western Australia). She teaches crisis communication, public relations strategy, IMC, and corporate communication, and her research interests include crisis communication, public relations strategy, and commercial rumour management.

Gwyneth has more than 15 years' experience in corporate marketing and communications. She has held senior management roles in the services marketing arena (e.g. Greyhound Racing Authority, Sheraton Mirage Resorts and Beaufort Properties) where she undertook integrated marketing communications activities as well as staging specific strategic events. She was responsible for design and management of the communication strategy for President Clinton's visit to Port Douglas during his Australian tour in 1996 and also Lord Spencer's visit to Australia in 1998. She has a wide range of experience undertaking various marketing and communication activities. Her current areas of research include commercial rumour quelling strategies, public relations pedagogy and corporate governance.

Nigel Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Events Management, at Plymouth Business School, Plymouth University, in the United Kingdom. Having spent fifteen years in the political, charity and commercial sectors he now specialises in political communication and online communication.

Steve Mackey has taught public relations at Deakin University, Australia since 1990. Before that he was a journalist and regional government press officer in London. His research interest is public relations theory. His PhD thesis was entitled ?Public relations and contemporary theory.

Dr Rohan Millers research seeks to better understand consumer adoption processes, the role of habit in consumption, problem consumption, and how marketing variables such as promotion may influence consumption. His current studies investigate dynamic and controversial product categories such as gambling, alcohol, and electronic commerce. Rohan is also working to develop and evaluate online role-plays as tools for teaching and research.

Rohan has presented research papers at leading international conferences such as the American Marketing Association Summer Educators conference, Marketing and Public Policy, and the International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking. In addition, he has published in Marketing Theory and UNLV Journal of Gambling Research and has reviewed papers for journals such as the Journal of Advertising and Journal of Consumer Marketing.

Prior to becoming an academic, Rohan founded and operated a consultancy in management and marketing, and he worked in the advertising and hospitality industries. He has consulted to a range of diverse organizations including State and local governments, international and national industry groups and a range of profit orientated organizations.

Della Pike is an Account Manager for a public relationsagency in central London. Withmore thanthree years' experience in the industry working across a range of clients, Della specialises in consumer and childrens public relations.

Kathleen Glenister Roberts (Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington, USA) is Assistant Professor and Director of the Communication Ethics Center at Duquesne University. She teaches and conducts research in Intercultural Communication as well as Public Relations in Integrated Marketing Communication. She is the author of Alterity and Narrative, forthcoming from State University of New York Press, and nine refereed essays. Her most recent work appears in Communication Theory and Argumentation and Advocacy.

Dr Anne Surma is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, where she teaches in the areas of professional writing, public relations and literary studies. She has a special research interest in the imaginative and ethical uses of rhetoric in public and professional communications, an interest reflected in her monograph, Public and professional writing: ethics, imagination and rhetoric (Palgrave Macmillan 2005). Previously Anne worked (in-house and freelance) as an editor/writer, and as a consultant, designing and running writing workshops for corporate clients.


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