Public Relations Division

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The Public Relations Division provides an environment for public relations scholars and practitioners to explore how communication influences the organization–stakeholder relationship. This division welcomes research from diverse communication-based disciplinary areas and embraces a range of research methodologies, theoretical foundations, and topic areas. The Public Relations Division promotes research, teaching, service, and ethical practice of public relations as public relations seeks to build and maintain beneficial relationships among organizations and stakeholders. These organizations may include corporations, nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental organizations, transnational entities, governmental agencies on several levels, nation states, industry associations, and public relations firms and agencies. The range of stakeholders includes both internal and external publics, such as organizational members (employees, managers, etc.), community members, activists, customers, investors, donors, the media, governmental agencies, and others. Public relations best practices that are grounded in theory are essential in a 21st century in which communication technology has created a globalized world that is bringing people and organizations closer to one another while paradoxically creating tensions resulting from this increasing proximity.


  • Chair: Angie Corbo, Widener University
  • Immediate Past Chair: Anna Klyueva, University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • Vice-Chair: Chelsea Woods, Virginia Tech University 
  • Vice-Chair Elect: Laura Lemon, University of Alabama
  • Research Chair: Tyler Page, University of Connecticut 
  • Secretary: Lisa Chewning, Penn State University – Abington
  • Web site editor: Alexandra Merceron, Columbia University & Anna Klyueva, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Nominating Committee
  • Prisca Ngondo, Texas State University
  • Jordan Morehouse, Clemson University
Legislative Assembly
  •  Angie Corbo, Widener University
  •  Anna Klyueva, University of Houston-Clear Lake

PRD Membership 

Official count taken each January.

108th Annual Convention -- New Orleans, LA -- Nov. 17 - 20, 2022

Convention Calls
  • PRD Call -- Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 3:00 a.m. Eastern
Award Calls
Business Meeting Minutes
Interest Group Election