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 Contributor Biographies 8.1

O.C. Amujo, CEO of Praisegate Ventures, is a corporate marketing professional and scholar. He has held senior executive positions in corporate communications and human capital management at the First Bank of Nigeria plc, United Bank for Africa plc and Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. Amujo holds a MA (Ibadan), a BA (Ilorin) and a Diploma in Public Relations. He has published in the Journal of Product & Brand Management, Corporate Reputation Review, NIPR Public Relations Journal, NIPRNews and others. His research interests comprise corporate marketing such as corporate branding, corporate identity, corporate reputation and corporate communication.

Kati Tusinski Berg (PhD, University of Oregon) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategic Communication at Marquette University, where she teaches courses in public relations and corporate communication. Her research interests include public relations advocacy, corporate social responsibility, lobbying, and ethics. In 2011, she was named a Page Legacy Scholar through the Arthur W. Page Center for her research on social media and corporate social responsibility.

Since 2006, Tom Clark has been an academic in the School of Communication and the Arts at Victoria University, Melbourne, where he teaches and researches in Public Relations and Professional Writing.  He has overseen the introduction of an undergraduate Public Speaking subject, a core unit in VUs Bachelor of Communications degree.  He works intermittently as a consultant speechwriter, and has a prose book on poetry and truthfulness in political speech due out in April 2012.

Arhlene A. Flowers is Assistant Professor of Integrated Marketing Communications in the Department of Strategic Communication at the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, N.Y., where she teaches writing and public relations. Her research encompasses virtual worlds, interactive marketing, visual literacy, and crisis communication. She also has two decades of industry experience in global public relations agencies and in-house marketing departments in New York City and Toronto. In the crisis communication arena, she has dealt with crime, airline hijackings and accidents, hurricanes, earthquakes, labour disputes, boycotts, and food poisonings.  Born in Hawaii and raised in New York, Arhlene holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University and a Master of Professional Studies in Travel & Tourism Administration from the New School.

Patrizia Furlan is a lecturer in journalism at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.

Tiffany Derville Gallicano (Ph.D., University of Maryland ? College Park) is an assistant professor of public relations in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include relationship management and social media. She was recently named a Page Legacy Scholar by the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication.

Dr. Kevin Gibson (Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder) is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Marquette University. He has published extensively in the areas of applied ethics and negotiation/dispute resolution. The executive MBS program at Marquette has awarded him their excellence in executive education award five times, and he is the author of a text in business ethics published by McGraw-Hill.

Dr Rob Gill is a senior lecturer in Public Relations at Swinburne University of Technology. Rob is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a graduate of the Corporate Public Affairs Institute residential program. He has more than 10 years' experience as a communication manager, along with 15 years spent teaching in Australia and internationally.

Aparna has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Business Communication, University of Memphis and an MA in Corporate Communication, Western Kentucky University.

Aparna has taught in the public relations program at the University of Queensland for several years. Her current research interests are varied and range from intercultural communication in interpersonal and business contexts, experiences of female and minorities in academia, influence of advertising on consumers, to mention a few. Her research projects include investigating the integration of Sudanese refugees in Australia, examining the state of academia for female faculty at Australian universities, and exploring the communication differences in the Australia-India business context.

Aparnas work has been published in well-known journals and books including Intercultural Communication Studies, International and Intercultural Communication Annual, National Communication Association/American Association of Higher Education Diversity Monograph: Promoting the success of students of color in communication, New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Readings in Gender Communication, and a chapter in Case studies for Organizational Communication. She has presented over two dozen papers at national and international conferences including NCA, ICA, IAICS, and ANZCA.

Teresa Heisler is a 2006 Magna Cum Laude graduate of University of Maryland University College, where she majored in Communication Studies. She served in the Air Force from 1997-2004 and is currently a weather forecaster for the Department of Defense in Patuxent River, Maryland, where she was recently selected for a Leadership Development Program.  

Melanie James, Ph.D. joined the the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2006 after working for many years in senior public relations management roles in the government, health and financial services sectors. She has published in journals such as The Journal of Public Relations Research, Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal and PRism. She is currently writing a book on strategic positioning in public relations for Routledge.

Lyn has a PhD (Company Crisis Communication and Consumer Impact) from Griffith University and a BA (Communication) from University of Technology, Sydney.

Lyn is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA). She is a former public relations consultant who has worked in-house for local government and in public relations consultancies with clients ranging from property developers and architectural firms to art galleries and a dance company. Her research interests comprise organisational crisis communication and crisis management, stakeholder attitudes, emotions and behaviour and corporate social responsibility (CSR).  Her most recent publications include an article in 2010 Public Relations Review on stakeholder reactions to crisis communication and crisis types and a January 2011 publication on corporate responsibility in Taiwanese banks in the International Journal of Bank Marketing. She teaches in the public relations program at the University of Queensland.

T.C. Melewar is a Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Brunel University, London. He holds a PhD from Loughborough University (UK). He has past experience at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland, Warwick Business School, DeMontfort University and MARA Institute of Technology, Malaysia. His works have appeared in the Journal of International Business Studies, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Management, International Marketing Review among others. He is the Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Brand Management. His research interests are branding, corporate identity and international marketing.

Ilse Niemann-Struweg is currently Head of the School of Business and Economics at Monash South Africa (a campus of Monash University, Australia). 

Katie R. Place, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of public relations at Saint Louis University, in St. Louis, Missouri.  She teaches courses in public relations principles, public relations writing and public relations case studies and holds research interests in public relations, power, gender and ethics.

Nate (Zheli) Ren, a native of Xian China, is a graduate student completing his Master of Science degree in Communication from the Department of Strategic Communication at Ithaca College, May 2011.  

Dr Luke Strongman teaches humanities and communication at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. He has published on diverse topics including anthropological interpretation of archaeological artefacts, mentoring, e-learning, and humanities and engineering. His research interests are interdisciplinary, with a recent focus on distance learning pedagogy and research, and risk management.

Prof. Tom Watson is Professor of Public Relations in The Media School at Bournemouth University, UK. Before entering academic life, Toms career covered journalism and public relations in Australia, the UK and internationally. He ran a successful public relations consultancy in England for 18 years and was chairman of the UKs Public Relations Consultants Association from 2000 to 2002. Prof Watson researches professionally-important topics such as measurement and evaluation, reputation management, and issues management. He also researches and writes on the history of public relations and has established the International History of Public Relations Conference. Tom took his first degree at the University of New South Wales. He was awarded his PhD in 1995 from Nottingham Trent University in England for research into models of evaluation in public relations.

Cory Lynn Young is an Assistant Professor of Communication Management and Design in the Department of Strategic Communication at the Roy H. Park School of Communication, Ithaca College, N.Y., where she teaches a variety of corporate communication classes including crisis communication. Her research has been published in the following academic and trade publications: Journal of Visual Literacy, Journal of Communication Studies, Spectra (a publication of the National Communication Association), and PR News Media Training Guidebook.

Dr. Ansgar Zerfass is Professor of Communication Management at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He holds a Diploma and Doctorate in Business Administration and a Habilitation (second Ph.D.) in Communication Science from the university of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Zerfass has ten years of experience in management positions at various companies and institutions. He has published 25 books and more than 110 articles on corporate communications and interactive communication, is editor of the International Journal of Strategic Communication, published in the USA, executive director of EUPRERA, the European Public Relations Education and Research Association, Brussels, and lead researcher for the annual "European Communication Monitor" transnational research project.


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