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About NCA PRD

The NCA Public Relations Division provides an environment for public relations scholars and practitioners, as well as students, 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.

Public relations best practices that are grounded in theory are essential in the 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.

2020-2021 Officers

Chair: Anna Klyueva, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Immediate Past Chair: Lisa Chewning, Penn State University – Abington
Vice-Chair: Angie Corbo, Widener University
Vice-Chair Elect: Chelsea Woods, Virginia Tech University
Research Chair: Tyler Page, University of Connecticut
Secretary: Laura Young, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Web site editor: Alexandra Merceron, Columbia University

Selection Committee

Shari Veil, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Denise Edwards-Neff, Azusa Pacific University

PRIDE Committee

Pam Bourland-Davis, Georgia Southern University
Kay Beckermann, Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Celine Seoyeon Hong, Rowan University

Nominating Committee

David Clementson, University of Georgia
Laura Lemon, University of Alabama

Social Media Committee

Alvin Zhou, University of Pennslyvania
Karen Freberg, Louisville University
Anna Kochigina, University of Tennessee

Fundraising/Social Events Committee

Lisa Chewning, Penn State University – Abington
Damion Waymer, University of Alabama
Nneka Logan, Virginia Tech University


2021 Call for Papers

NCA PRD invites invites submissions of individual papers, research paper sessions, and panel discussion proposals… read more.

Open Letter to PRD

As current officers of the NCA Public Relations Division, we want to affirm our division’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.… read more.

PR Journals

List of journals where public relations research is published… read more.

Statement on Anti-Asian Racism

NCA Public Relations Division stands in solidarity with our Asian American colleagues, friends, and family… read more.


“Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics” PRSA