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John Brummette (Ph.D., University of Tennessee) is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Radford University. His primary research interests are organizational values, organizational legitimacy, crisis communication, activism and social capital.   

Serena Carpenter (Michigan State University, PhD) is an assistant professor and the professor of Journalism Innovations in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. Her research explores factors that influence news quality with a specific emphasis on whether alternative forms of journalism meet those standards. She also studies how scholars theoretically and empirically develop social science constructs. Carpenters quantitative and qualitative research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, New Media & Society, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Journalism Practice.

Marcia W. DiStaso (Ph.D., University of Miami) is an Associate Professor in the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University. She is Director of the Institute for Public Relations Social Media Research Center, Chair of the PRSA Educators Academy, and a Senior Research Fellow of the Arthur W. Page Center. Her research focuses on exploring and informing the practice of social media, financial communication, and investor relations.

Melissa D. Dodd is an assistant professor of public relations at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include social media, corporate social responsibility, social capital theory, and measurement as it relates specifically to understanding bottom-line outcomes of 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.

Dr Georgiana Grigore is a Senior Lecturer in Corporate and Marketing Communications in The Media School at Bournemouth University. Georgiana is an active researcher, focusing on social responsibility and its impact on various stakeholder groups, social responsibility in the digital age, ethical stakeholder engagement, business ethics and sustainable consumption. She is founding chair of 'International Conferences on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business'.

Jeanine Guidry, M.S., is a doctoral student in the Social and Behavioral Health at Virginia Commonwealth Universitys School of Medicine as well as an affiliate graduate research assistant at the Robertson School of Media and Cultures Center for Media+Health. Together with her co-authors, she won top paper of practical significance at two subsequent International Public Relations Research Conferences. In addition, she won top student paper award in the ComSHER division at the AEJMC 2014 conference, as well as top student-led paper in the health communication division of ICA in 2015.

Cheryl Ann Lambert earned her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in public relations. Her academic scholarship focuses on media representations and social constructions of public relations, health, and communication occupations. Her professional experience includes seven years in corporate communications at a Fortune 100 company and five years of editorial experience at a national trade publication. Industry experience continues to inform academic scholarship that Dr. Lambert conducts.

Alisa P. Lertpratchya is a Michigan State University doctoral student in the Advertising and Public Relations-- Department in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. Her research examines how media and social media have an impact on self-image (e.g., self-esteem, self-efficacy, depression, and body image). She also works as a teaching assistant for Advertising Management, Advertising and Society, Account Planning, and Introduction to Organisational Communication courses.

Marcus Messner, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University and executive director of the Center for Media+Health. Dr. Messners main research focus is on the influence and adoption of social media in journalism and public relations. He has presented more than 50 research papers at national and international conferences and has published more than 30 articles in academic journals as well as in various books. Dr. Messner is a regular speaker on social media issues at professional meetings and events and is regularly interviewed by news media on social media issues.

Catalina Quintana earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees at Florida State University where she studied Mass Communication Studies and English. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Public Relations at Boston University. Her areas of interest are in corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Prof. Sthapitanonda got her Ph.D. from Ohio University, and currently, she is an Associate Professor at the faculty of Communication Arts at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.  Previously, she worked as the deputy director of social research Institute of Chulalongkorn University from 2002 to 2004, the president of Ph.D. program and the deputy dean for the graduate programs at Chulalongkorn University from 2004 to 2006.  She also acted as the advisor for the minister of Transportation, and deputy minister of Transportation from 2005 to 2006, and consultant for the Health Promotion Fund from 2003 to the 2006. Her current research area focuses on communication and campaigns in various topics, ranging from commercial to noncommercial and political issues.

Dustin W. Supa is an assistant professor of public relations at Boston University. His research focuses on media relations, corporate social advocacy and the role of public relations in an ever-changing communication environment.

Dr Anastasios Theofilou is a Principal Lecturer of Public Relations in The Media School at Bournemouth University. In 2001 he completed his studies in Political Science and Public Administration (specialization International Relations) at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. In September 2009 Tasos was employed by Bournemouth University. Since then he has been focusing on developing high quality units, teaching and supervision of UG and PG dissertations. In 2010 he completed the PG Certificate in Education, while in 2012 he completed the PG Certificate of Doctoral Supervision both awarded from Bournemouth University.

Prof. Tom Watson is Professor of Public Relations in The Media School at Bournemouth University. Before entering academic life, his career covered journalism and public relations in Australia, the UK and internationally. He ran a successful public relations consultancy for 18 years and was chairman of the UKs Public Relations Consultants Association from 2000 to 2002. Awarded his PhD in 1995 from Nottingham Trent University in England for public relations research, Tom has written books and a wide range of peer-reviewed academic papers in international journals. In 2009, he undertook an international research study into the competencies of future senior corporate communicators for the Institute for Public Relations (US). Tom is an active researcher, focusing on professionally-important topics such as CSR, measurement and evaluation, reputation management, and the history of public relations. He established the International History of Public Relations Conference in 2009. Tom is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Founding Fellow of the Public Relations Consultants Association.

Lynn M. Zoch (Ph.D., Syracuse University) is Founding Director and a Professor in the School of Communication at Radford University.  She teaches public relations, training and development and pedagogy, primarily at the graduate level. Her research interests are media relations, nonprofit communications, public relations management, and organizational values and legitimacy. Her upcoming book focuses on media relations as a strategic practice.


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