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Colin R. Baker (PhD Michigan State University, 2007) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University where he researches social influence in applied contexts. In particular, his interests include messages exchanged during organizational entry, and contextual factors affecting, and affected by, influence strategies in the workplace.

Zhuo Ban is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Cincinnati.

Bob Batchelor is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. He is the author or editor of 17 books, including: The 2000s and Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream (3 vols.). Bob has published in Radical History Review, The Journal of American Culture, and The Mailer Review. He is a member of the editorial advisory boards of The Journal of Popular Culture and the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning.

Daren C. Brabham, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and founding editor of Case Studies in Strategic Communication. His research focuses on the crowdsourcing model, online community management, and public relations. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah and a B.A. in communication and religion from Trinity University (Texas).  

Joy enjoys researching and developing understanding  about international and inter-cultural public relations; she has extensive experience developing and delivering public relations courses in Southeast Asia. Joy  is the Head of the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences, and Associate Professor, at Monash University. Joy's research focuses on regional community engagement and the development of social capital in regional communities.  Canadian research in east and west Canada, and research in regional Australia - South Australia and Victoria, indicates that organisations and their communities play a key role in developing sustainable communities, and more importantly, they indicate that universities need to be part of community partnerships, plans and programs for regional communities.   Joy is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and past PRIA (SA) president and takes an active role in community activities that develop public relations knowledge and scholarship. 

Adam Dickerson has taught in Communication and Media Studies, and International Studies, at the University of Canberra since 2002. He is the author of Kant on Representation and Objectivity (Cambridge, 2004), and various articles in philosophy and media history.

Mohan J. Dutta is Professor of Communication and New Media and Director of the Centre on Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Dr Johanna Fawkes is currently Senior Lecturer in Public Relations at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia. She worked in public sector public relations until 1990 and then led PR degrees and professional courses at three UK universities, until becoming an independent academic/researcher in 2004. Jo has written numerous papers for international journals and conferences, and contributed several chapters to leading UK PR text books; she has been CIPR Chief Examiner for the Diploma, a member of the Institute of Communication Ethics advisory board, book reviews editor for the Journal of Communication Management and is on the editorial board of the Public Relations Inquiry journal. She is writing a book for Routledge's New Directions in Public Relations and Communications Research series on Jung, ethics and PR, based on her (2011) doctoral thesis.

Betsy A. Hays, APR, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at California State University, Fresno. She has led the public relations sequence for the Department since 1999. Prof. Hays was the president of the Central California Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in both 1998 and 2010 and currently serves on PRSAs North Pacific District Board. She advises both the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at Fresno State and the student-run public relations firm, TALK. Prof. Hays developed one of the U.S.s first Public Relations Entrepreneurship courses in 2007.

Kaitlin Krister is a graduate student at Kent State University and Event Logistics Coordinator at Westfield Insurance. She published an essay on NFL great Jim Brown in the anthology American History through American Sports and has presented at communication conferences. Prior to Kent State, Kaitlin attended The College of Wooster and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.

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).

Kevin Moloney has spent half his career doing PR and the other half teaching and researching it at Bournemouth University, UK. He is intrigued about how PR relates to strong and weak players in the public, private and civic sectors. He is the development editor for the Routledge New Directions in PR and Communication Research series and welcomes proposals.

Leah M. Omilion-Hodges (PhD, Wayne State University, 2011), a Rumble Fellow and King Chavez Parks Fellow, is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. Prior to transitioning into academia, she worked as a Public Information Officer in a non-profit hospital in the Detroit Metro area. She teaches courses in public relations, persuasion and social influence and leadership. Her research interests entail internal communication, leader-member relationships, and organizational behavior.

Mahuya Pal is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of South Florida.

Laurie M. Phillips is a Roy H. Park Ph.D. Fellow, doctoral candidate, and instructor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on strategic communication and the LGBTQ communities. She holds an M.A. in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in business administration from the University of Mary Washington.

Dr. Marianne D. Sison is Deputy Dean, International 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. A Fellow of the PRIA, she is a member of several international professional and academic associations including IABC, ICA, ANZCA and AEJMC. 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.

Douglas J. (Doug) Swanson, APR, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communications at California State University, Fullerton. As the supervising faculty member in the public relations concentration, he oversees Fullertons student-run advertising and PR agency, PRactical ADvantage. Swanson worked in journalism and broadcasting for 12 years. He has taught full-time since 1991. Swanson earned his doctorate at Oklahoma State University in 1999 and has published widely in scholarly and professional publications.

Bethany Weaver-Petry (MA, John Carroll University, 2008) is a third-year PhD student at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) studying organizational communication. Prior to transitioning into academia, Bethany managed the corporate communications for the largest, business-to-business media company in the U.S. She currently teaches courses at Wayne State in organizational communication and public speaking. Her research interests entail organizational culture, family-work relationships, organizational structure, and leadership.


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