Melissa Janoske McLean, Ph.D.


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Dr. Melissa Janoske McLean


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

About Dr. Melissa Janoske McLean

Dr. Melissa Janoske McLean is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Memphis, where she is the head of the public relations major and the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies for the master's program. She teaches a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate courses, including Public Relations Writing, Crisis Communication, Advanced Social Media, Event Planning, Mass Communication Theory, and Public Relations Principles, among others. She is a member of the Memphis chapter of PRSA and on the Teaching Research Committee for the Public Relations Division of AEJMC.

Dr. Janoske McLean earned her B.A. in organizational communication and an 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 McLean has also published research on both crisis and social media more generally, including social media activism, online community building, and visual communication in public relations. Her latest project, looking at communities forming around eating disorders on Instagram, is being funded by the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis and the Department of Communication at DePaul University.