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Dr. Jennifer L. Bartlett is based in the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Jennifers research, teaching and practice are in public relations and corporate communication with particular emphasis on public relations as a profession, corporate social responsibility, and legitimacy using institutional theory. Her work is published internationally and has received a number of best paper awards. She is 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).

Dr. Mary Helen Brown (Ph.D. 1982, The University of Texas) is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University.

Dr. Brigitta R. Brunner (Ph.D. 2000, The University of Florida) is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Officer of the Department of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University.

Chris Galloway leads the public relations undergraduate program at Swinburne University of Technology, Lilydale, Melbourne.

Ozgur Devrim Gunelgraduated from Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Business, Department of Tourism Management in 2002. She is still continuing her Ph.D. studies in the same department. She has published national and international studies in the field of tourism.

Corey A. Hickerson, Ph.D., joined the School of Communication Studies faculty at James Madison University in 2005. He is an assistant professor and teaches in the public relations area. His research interests involve the use of technology in public relations and education. Hickersons research focus on technology has resulted in numerous academic presentations and publications. He is an officer in the public relations divisions of the National (U.S) Communication Association and the Southern States Communication Association. In the regional association, he is the public relations divisions chair.

Dr. Tony Jaques, PhD, is a Sessional Lecturer in the School of Applied Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, where he has taught a Masters course on Advanced Case Study Analysis. He also consults in the fields of issue and crisis management and risk communication.

Kevin Jones is Director of Lucid Communications Pty Ltd based in Brisbane, Australia. Hehas more than 10 years experience in website development, public relations and information management.

Kevin has worked for a number of universities and private companies in Australia and Switzerland including the University of Queensland, Cement Australia, Swiss-based cement manufacturer Holcim, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He studied international relations (BA Hons UQ) and library and information management (GradDipAppSci, Charles Sturt) before finding a passion for public relations (MBus, QUT). He is currently engaged with a non-profit organisation promoting sustainable construction, in addition to online communications and reputation management projects in Africa and Switzerland. His research interests focus on the application of relationship management to strategic public relations.

Jennifer A. Robinson (Ph.D., University of Alabama) is a Senior Research Fellow with the Interactive Television Research Institute at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia,where she researches emerging media for international clients and teaches media psychology. Her research areas include emerging media andadvertising/public relations, as well as strategic communication for nonprofit organisations.

Sharlene R. Thompson completed her Ph.D. in 2005 at the University of Oklahoma in Health Communication. She is currently Associate Director for the Health & Environmental Communication Institute at James Madison University. Her most recent publications have been in the area of social support and explanatory models in the cancer context. Currently she is working on understanding adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs) and the communicative implications for ACOAs in health care crises.

Richard D. Waters (Ph.D., University of Florida, USA) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University. His research interests include the nonprofit organisation-donor relationship, nonprofit organisations use of new media tactics, and e-philanthropy.

Debbi is an Academic Developer, with over 20 years experience in the Australian University sector, across different discipline areas (starting with a background in medical education). She has extensive experience in eLearning, educational technology, and the evaluation of teaching innovations.

Dr. Burcu Selin Yilmaz graduated from Dokuz Eylul University's Faculty of Business Department of Tourism Management in 1997. She continued her postgraduate studies in the same department and in 2005 attainedher Ph.D. Shehas many national and international articles and studies in the field of tourism.


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