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Faculty News: Douglass, McMillan, Palenchar, White

Faculty News August 2015

SIS Assistant Professor Kimberly Douglass has been selected to serve a three-year term on UT’s Institutional Review Board.

A recent Knoxville Mercury story ( highlighted a number of AdvPR Professor Sally McMillan’s accomplishments as UT vice provost for academic affairs where she led efforts which resulted in a significant increase in UT’s graduation and retention rates for which the university received the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) National Trailblazer Award. McMillan is stepping down from her administrative position and returning to her AdvPR faculty position on August 1.

On July 14, AdvPR Associate Professor Michael Palenchar led a discussion for Nashville communication and information specialists on risk and crisis communication at a CCI Board of Visitors sponsored event in Nashville, Tennessee. Palenchar discussed: best practices of risk communication and its role in managing organizational risk; financial, legal and regulatory changes in the current and future market; the development of risk communication campaigns; and efforts from a risk bearer’s perspective to build organizational legitimacy, business continuity, and return on investment. The event was held at BOHAN Advertising/Marketing.

AdvPR Professor Candace White has been awarded a Page/Johnson Legacy Scholar award for her proposal “Corporate perspectives on the role of global public relations and CSR in public diplomacy.”  White’s research will explore the role and impact of private-sector corporations in the function of public diplomacy. Professor Kathy Fitzpatrick from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University is her co-investigator.