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Professor Mark Balnaves is Senior Research Fellow in New Media at Curtin University of Technology. He has published on audience research and media theory. His most recent co-authored text Media Theories and Approaches: a global perspective, Palgrave Macmillan, is an extension of his research on global issues. Mark has worked in the media in a range of roles and has taught in public relations at university level.

Dr. Jennifer L. Bartlett is Senior Lecturer in the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Jennifers research, teaching and practice are in public relations and corporate communication with particular emphasis on public relations, reputation, corporate social responsibility and legitimacy using institutional theory. She has produced more than 30 academic scripts for national and international academic forums and has received a number of best paper awards. Currently, she holds the position of Secretary of the public relations division of ICA, Chair of the ICA Membership Committee, and is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (QLD). She worked as Public Affairs Manager in the banking and energy industries and continues her close association with industry practice.

Dr. Arlette Bouzon has a doctor's degree from the CELSA-Paris IV-Sorbonne, France. Professor of communication and information sciences at the University of Toulouse (France), she is in charge of the courses in organisational communication at all university levels. She is a member of the LERASS-Organicom and the SFSIC (Societe Francaise des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication) in which she has managed for several years a research group in organizational communication (Org &Co): 200 researchers from eight countries, an Internet site, and a bimestrial publication questioning or reviewing recent research in the field. Currently, she is in charge of the Organizational section of ECREA, the European Communication Research and Education Association.

Kate Fitch, BA(Hons), is a Senior Lecturer in Public Relations at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Kate teaches campaign management and media relations, coordinates professional placements, and is chair of the program. Kates research interests include public relations in Southeast Asia, new media, public relations theory, and public relations pedagogy. Prior to joining Murdoch, Kate worked with local and state government, festivals, and performing arts companies in Australia, and in book publishing in the UK. She has more than ten years industry experience.

Dr. Cinzia Colapinto (PhD) is teaching assistant and research fellow at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the University of Lugano (Switzerland). She has been Postdoctoral Fellow in Media Economics & Management at the Department of Economics, Business and Statistics of the University of Milan (Italy). Her current main research interests are media policies concerning the digital switch-off process and the internationalization of Chinese Television companies.

Dr. Joelle Devillard is a senior lecturer in communication and information sciences at the University Toulouse (France) and a member of the LERASS-Organicom and SFSIC (Societe Francaise des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication). Most of her published work deals with the problems linked to the evaluation of communication in various fields (tourism, social sciences, academic productions) and the strategies which lie behind. Questioning the relevancy of purely quantitative methods, she underlines the need to take into account specific qualities to reach a higher degree of expertise in implementing these evaluations. Her current research interests are communication and innovation in tourism companies.

James E. Grunig is Professor Emeritus of Communication at the University of Maryland College Park. He is the coauthor of six books: Public relations: Theory, context, and relationshipsExcellent Public Relations and Effective Organizations: A Study of Communication Management in Three Countries, Managing Public Relations, Public Relations Techniques, and Manager's Guide to Excellence in Public Relations and Communication Management. He is editor of Excellence in Public Relations and Communication Management. Grunig has written 246 other publications such as book chapters, journal articles, reports, and papers. He has won seven major awards in public relations and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Universidad San Martin de Porres in Peru, the University of Bucharest in Romania, and Istanbul University in Turkey.

Chandni Gupta completed her Master of Business with a specialisation in public relations in 2008 at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Throughout her Masters, Chandni has had a keen interest in international public relations and the impact of business and culture on the practice of public relations. She has conducted theoretical research and practical pilot studies between Western and Asian public relations and has presented her research at national and international conferences. Chandni recently worked in the Strategic Communications Division at the United Nations headquarters in New York. She is currently a Senior Marketing and Education Advisor for an Australian regulatory agency and a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

Dr. Randy Hines is a professor of communications at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania (USA). A Fulbright Senior Specialist, he taught public relations and advertising at Altai Academy of Economics and Law in Barnaul, Russia, in 2008. He has 25 years of university teaching experience, and has received three teaching awards. His doctorate is in public relations from Texas A&M University. Hines worked for Creative Energy, a full-service agency, in the 1990s, specialising in copywriting.

His latest book is PRactical writing tips for media convergence (Racom Books,2010). He also co-authored Print matters: How to write great advertising (Racom Books,2008) and The writers toolbox: A comprehensive guide for PR and business communications (Kendall/Hunt, 2005). Hines has worked for newspapers, conducted workshops for organisations, and consults for several clients. He previously taught at Kent State, Texas A&M, East Tennessee State, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

James Mahoney is Senior Lecturer and Course Convenor of the Bachelor of Public Relations degree at the University of Canberra. He holds a Bachelor of Arts ANU and a Master of Arts in Communication (Research) Canberra. He is National Secretary and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia. He is convenor of the Master of Strategic Communication, University of Canberra. His research interests include the role strategic communication in business planning horizons, employee communication during organisational change, issues communication, and program evaluation. Former positions include a career in journalism at The Sydney Morning Herald and as Assistant Executive Director (Public Affairs), Australian Mining Industry Council, Assistant Commissioner (Information and Education), Australian Electoral Commission, Manager, Public Relations, Civil Aviation Authority Australia, and Director, Public Affairs, Australian National University. He is the author of Public Relations Writing in Australia (OUP, 2008) and editor of A Bushman Remembers (CQU Press, 2003).

Alana Mann is a lecturer and PhD student within the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Ilse Niemann-Struwegis a Senior Lecturer at Monash University, Johannesburg. She is registered with the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) as a Certified Public Relations Practitioner (CPRP). She specialises in strategic integrated communication, integrated marketing communication, public relations and corporate communication. Her doctoral work developed a conceptual strategic integrated communication implementation model for the South African business landscape.

Saba Gamze Oral received her Associate Degreein Computer Science from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) in 1989 and Bachelor's Degreein Business Administration from Marmara University (Istanbul, Turkey) in 1993. Following her graduation, she beganher professional career in the fast-moving consumer goods sector and worked in the field of marketing with Kraft Jacobs Suchard, Diageo Plc., and Nest Turkey successively. She completed her Masters Degree in Media and Communication Studies at Galatasaray University. She is now working as a freelance instructor and planning to continue her academic career.

Dr. Marianne D. Sison is deputy head, international development, and senior lecturer at RMIT Universitys School of Media and Communication in Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests are in global and cross-cultural public relations, corporate social responsibility and organisational values, public relations roles, and international communication education. Her previous posts include discipline head of the Communication Cluster and program director of the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in communication and public relations. Marianne is a member of several international professional and academic associations including IABC, ICA, ANZCA, AEJMC and PRIA. Prior to becoming an academic, Marianne practised public relations in Manila and in Los Angeles, CA. She has also taught in Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila. Marianne received her PhD (Communication) from RMIT University, Melbourne, MA Mass Communication (Public Relations) from University of Florida, and her BA (Broadcast Communication) from the University of the Philippines.

Dr. Krishnamurthy Sriramesh has been a leading advocate of holistic and culturally sensitive public relations practices and scholarship. He has taught either full-time or as visiting professor at universities in four continents and is currently Professor of Public Relations at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. He has won several teaching and research awards including the Charles W. Redding Excellence in Teaching Award (Purdue University), Teacher of the Year Award (University of Florida), and the Faculty Research Award and the Golden Gator Award for Research (University of Florida). In 2004, he received the prestigious Pathfinder Award from the Institute for Public Relations (USA) for original scholarly research contributing to the public relations body of knowledge. In addition to editing or co-editing four books, he has published over 60 refereed journal articles and book chapters. He also has presented over 80 research papers, seminars, and talks in over 25 countries. He serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Communication Management and is a member of the editorial board of several journals such as the Journal of Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Management Communication Quarterly, and the Digital Review of Asia-Pacific.

Dr. Chiara Valentini, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Language and Business Communication at the Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus, Denmark, where she teaches BA and MA level courses in communication management and public relations. Previously, she has worked and consulted for organisations and public institutions in several countries, including the Italian Representation of the European Commission in Rome and the European Movement International Secretariat in Brussels. She is the author of a book on EU communication strategies and co-author of two books on Italian PR-journalist perceptions and self-perceptions and on EU information and communication activities. She has also published various articles on public communication, relationship management in international contexts, and media relations both in Italian and international journals. Her research interests focus on: public relations and relationship management; public and political communication; public affairs and public diplomacy; international and intercultural communication; and the European Union.

Dr. Elgiz Yilmaz graduated from the Faculty of Communication at Galatasaray University in 2002. She has a Masters Degree from the Public Relations Program in the field of Communication Sciences at Marmara University Social Sciences Institute, and a PhD from the Corporate Communication Program in the field of Communication Sciences at Universite Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, in France (awarded 2007). She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Communication, Galatasaray University. Her research areas are: public relations theories; internal and organisational communication; new technologies in public relations; leadership management; and health communication.

 

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