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Contributor Biographies 11.2

Kendall Cherry is a senior, undergraduate major in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. She has held internships and has served as the social media & promotions manager for a music organization in the Nashville, TN area.  

Melissa D. Dodd (Ph.D., University of Miami) is Assistant Professor of Advertising-Public Relations at the University of Central Floridas Nicholson School of Communication (Orlando, Fla.). Dodds research interests include social capital, social media, and corporate social responsibility/corporate social advocacy as they relate to public relations.

Heidi Hatfield Edwards, Ph.D. is associate head of the School of Arts and Communication at Florida Institute of Technology. She is an associate professor and chair of the FIT communication program.

Amber Hutchins, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Kennesaw State University. She teaches courses in the public relations concentration including PR Writing, PR Campaigns, and Social Media for Public Relations. Her primary areas of research are PR ethics, social media, and media criticism. She has worked in health care, entertainment, and nonprofit PR, and has served as a social media consultant for government and public agencies. Her upcoming book explores theory and practice of social media for public relations.

William Kinnally (Ph.D., Florida State University) is an Associate Professor in the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida. His research interests include entertainment theory, media management and practice, and news media effects.

Nneka Logan is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Kathleen Stansberry is an assistant professor of public relations and social media at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her research addresses the intersection of public relations, online communities and health communication. Dr. Stansberry is particularly interested in the ways individuals develop influence within interest-based communities and how online publics organize to pursue shared goals.

Jessalynn Strauss is an assistant professor of strategic communications at Elon University. Her past research has looked at social media use and corporate social responsibility in the casino gaming industry.

Natalie T. J. Tindall, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Georgia State University.  She teaches the core public relations undergraduate curriculum: public relations writing, public relations research and public relations campaigns. Her primary research interests are identity, diversity, and power in the public relations function; identity and health messages; fundraising and philanthropy; and organisational culture and stereotypes within historically Black fraternities and sororities.

Sarah VanSlette (Ph.D., Purdue University) earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Purdue University and majored in Public Relations. Her research interests include public relations pedagogy, social media in public relations campaigns, and corporate reputation management. She approaches her study of public relations and strategic communication from a rhetorical perspective. Her most recent publications include an article in Communication Quarterly, and book chapters in Culture, Social Class, and Race in Public Relations: Perspectives and Applications, The Handbook of Communication and Corporate Reputation, and The Plugged-In Professor. She enjoys her ongoing research on "the St. Louis question" ("Where'd you go to high school?"). Her research on that question has been featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Riverfront Times, KSDK Channel 5, KMOX, and other local and national media. Dr. VanSlette also serves as the Director of Internships for the Speech Communication Department and tweets about job and internship opportunities under the department twitter account: @SIUESPCJOBS

Justin Walden (Ph.D., 2013, Pennsylvania State University) is an assistant professor in the department of communication at the College at Brockport. With a decade of experience in public relations and journalism, Walden teaches courses in strategic communications. He researches organizations relationship maintenance strategies with key stakeholders, employee communication, and the incorporation of technology in individuals everyday routines and communication practices. He has published and has pending articles in Health Communication, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Communication Management and Interction Studies.

Richard D. Waters (Ph.D., 2007, U of Florida) is an associate professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco.  He teaches public relations and strategic communications, and his research interests primarily consist of stakeholder relationship cultivation, nonprofit communication and new media, and fundraising theory and practice.  He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on these topics.  Currently, he is the associate editor of Case Studies in Strategic Communication and on the editorial review boards at Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research, PRism, and Journal of Public and Nonprofit Sector Marketing.

Damion Waymer (Ph.D., Purdue University) is an associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University. He is an authority on issues of diversity, race, class, and gender in the context of public relations, issues management, corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate communication, and organizational communication research.  He is the author of Culture, Social Class, and Race in Public Relations: Perspectives and Applications, and his research appears in outlets such as Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Management Communication Quarterly, Public Relations Inquiry, Public Relations Review, and elsewhere.


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