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About Michael J Palenchar

Michael J. Palenchar, Ph.D., assistant professor in public relations and co-director of the Risk, Health & Crisis Communication Research Unit at the University of Tennessee, has more than two decades of professional and academic public relations experience. Research interests include risk communication and issues management related to industrial and chemical manufacturing, risk communication and food safety and defense, community relations and community awareness of emergency response protocols and manufacturing risks, community right-to-know issues, crisis communication, front groups, and general public relations. He has more than a decade of professional experience working in corporate, nonprofit, and agency environments, and he is also a risk communication and issues management research consultant for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local government and nongovernmental agencies. His research has been published in the Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Environmental Communication, and Communication Research Reports, and his first book with co-author Robert L. Heath entitled Strategic Issues Management (2nd edition) was published by Sage in fall 2008. He won the National Communication Association, Public Relations Division’s Pride Award for top published article in the field of public relations with co-authors Robert L. Heath in 2000 and with Kathy Fitzpatrick in 2007. He is also the recipient of the University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information’s Faculty Research Award in 2008 and Faculty Service/Outreach Award in 2009, as well as the faculty adviser to the PRSSA Sammie Lynn Puett Chapter.

Positions

Present Co-Director, Risk, Health & Crisis Communication Research Unit, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Present Assistant Professor in Public Relations, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Service / Outreach Award, College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee, 2009
  • Top Paper, Applied Communications Division, National Communication Association, with Karen Freberg and Shari Veil, November 2010
  • Top Paper, Public Relations Division, Southern States Communication Association, with Tanya Ickowitz, Charles Primm, Stephanie Elliott, & Tatjana Hocke, April 2010
  • Second Place, Top Teaching Paper, Public Relations Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, with Karen Freberg, August 2009
  • Faculty Research Award, College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee, 2008
  • Pride Award for Best Published Article, Public Relations Division, National Communication Association, with Kathy Fitzpatrick, November 2007
  • Top Three Paper, Public Relations Division, National Communication Association Conference, November 2007
  • First Place High-Research Presentation, Public Relations Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, with John Brummette, August 2007
  • Top Three Paper, Public Relations Division, International Communications Association Conference, with Robert Heath, June 2006
  • Top Three Paper, Public Relations Division, National Communication Association Conference, with Robert Heath & Emily Dunn, November 2005
  • Top Three Paper, Public Relations Division, National Communication Association Conference, with Robert Heath, November 2004

Courses

  • PR 540: Public Relations Management
  • PR 516: Crisis Communication
  • PR 270: Principles of Public Relations

Contact Information

476 Communications Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0343
865-974-9082
mpalench@utk.edu


Articles (7)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (8)

Presentations (26)