As an assistant professor at Cleveland State University Kathleen teaches courses in public relations and social media. In her research she applies constructivist and critical/cultural theories in strategic communication research. She earned herPh.D. from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in June 2012. Using primarily qualitative methods such as in-depth interviews and textual/discourse analysis, her work explores online, interest-based communities and the changing roles professional communicators must assume to effectively communicate with them. She is particularly interested in the rhetoric of health communications and the ways health-based communities challenge and adjust the rhetoric of health and wellness.
Kathleen strives to produce research that builds and expands existing public relations and social media theory, yet can also be applied to improve communication in practice. More specifically, she studies the ways new media tools are changing the way people access, share and use information.
Kathleen has several years of professional public relations experience in agency, corporate and nonprofit settings that inform and enhances her research and teaching. She is comfortable both working with small groups of students as the sole instructor in advanced public relations skills courses and planning and leading lectures in 150+ student conceptual communication courses. Her research inspires her teaching and frequently uses new technologies to enhance her students’ classroom experience.
Specialties: public relations, social media, health communication, rhetorical analysis, education technology, writing, ethics