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.

2023 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Chelsea Woods, Virginia Tech University
  • Immediate Past Chair: Laura Lemon, University of Alabama
  • Vice-Chair: Jae-Hwa Shin, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Vice-Chair Elect: Angie Corbo, Widener University
  • Research Chair: Tyler Page, University of Connecticut 
  • Secretary: Lisa Chewning, Penn State University – Abington
  • Website Editor: Anna Klyueva, University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • Committees
    • Selection Committee
      • Michael Palenchar, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
      • Aimei Yang, University of Southern California
    • PRIDE Committee
      • Angie Corbo, Widener University
      • Arshia Answer, Manhattan College
      • Lisa Chewning, Pennsylvania State Universty, Abington
      • Michael Palenchar, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
      • Gayle Pohl, University of Northern Iowa
    • Nominating Committee
      • Jordan Morehouse, University of Colorado, Boulder
      • Prisca Ngondo, Texas State University
    • Fundraising/Social Event Committee
      • Natalie Christine Grecu, Utah Valley University
      • Jeannette Iannacone, University of Maryland
      • Nneka Logan, Virginia Tech University
    • Social Media Committee
      • Mackenzie Quick, University of Alabama

2023 NCA Positions

  • Legislative Assembly
    • Chelsea Woods, Virginia Tech University
    • Angie Corbo, Widener University
  • Nominating Committee
    • Angie Corbo, Widener University

PRD Membership (2013-2023)

*Official count taken each January.

109th Annual Convention -- National Harbor, MD -- November 16 - 19, 2023.


Convention Resources

  • PRD Call -- Deadline: Thursday, March 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific.
Award Calls
Business Meeting Minutes
Interest Group Election