Dr. Melissa Janoske

Melissa Janoske, Ph.D.


306 Meeman Journalism Building
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Ph.D., Communication, University of Maryland
M.A., Corporate and Professional Communication, Radford University
B.A., Organizational Communication, Radford University

About Dr. Melissa Janoske

Dr. Melissa Janoske is an assistant professor at the University of Memphis, where she teaches Introduction to Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, and a new course in Crisis Communication, among others. She is a member of the Memphis chapter of PRSA and on the Social Media Committee for the Public Relations Division of AEJMC.

Dr. Janoske earned her B.A. in organizational communication and a M.A. in Corporate and Professional Communication, both from Radford University in Radford, Virginia. She finished her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 2014, writing her dissertation on how online communities formed and aided individuals and organizations with crisis response and recovery. Her dissertation was funded by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.

Dr. Janoske has also published research on both crisis and social media more generally, including expert recommendations for best practices in crisis communication, social media activism, and online communities and social networking. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Janoske was a full-time instructor at Lynchburg College in Virginia. There, she taught a variety of public relations and crisis communication courses, founded and advised the PRSSA chapter, and was the Public Relations Chair for the Blue Ridge chapter of PRSA.