Jeannette Sutton (Ph.D., 2004, University of Colorado Boulder) is an Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Risk and Disaster Communication Center. Trained as a sociologist, Jeannette’s primary focus is online informal communication in disaster, public alerts and warnings, and community resiliency. Much of her research investigates the evolving role of Information and Community Technology, including social media and mobile devices, for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Jeannette is a Principal Investigator on multiple research projects including the use of Twitter for disaster communications, enhanced public warnings for tsunami, and public alerting using mobile devices. Jeannette has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of Naval Research. Dr. Sutton holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed her postdoctoral training at the Natural Hazards Center.

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C.Sean Burns (Ph.D., 2013, University of Missouri) is an associate professor in the School of Information Science. He conducts research in scholarly communication and information retrieval and currently teaches the LIS 658 Knowledge Management course for the Graduate Certificate in Risk Sciences. The course covers the systematic management of an organization's knowledge assets, such as how to reduce risk or effectively respond to disasters, so that they can be leveraged for sustainable advantage.

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Laura Fischer (Ph.D., 2017, Texas Tech University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Kentucky. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Master of Science in Agricultural Education and Communication from the University of Florida, and her Ph.D. in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University. Her primary focus is teaching students how to strategically produce advertisements through the use of graphic and visual design, creative and critical thinking, and independent thinking. In addition to teaching course work in creative advertising, she is interested in pedagogical research surrounding writing and creativity in the classroom. Her scholarly interests are focused in the use of persuasive communication to change behaviors, attitudes, and awareness of scientific issues. She is also interested in understanding how individuals psychologically process and allocate attention to information, visuals, and media stimuli.

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Bobi Ivanov (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Kentucky. He studies consumer behavior and integrated strategic communication. His main research interests concern social influence (persuasion and resistance) and message design, processing, and retention. Ivanov’s theoretical work focuses on the study of inoculation theory, images, and attitudes and their composition, hierarchical structure, and function as applied in various contexts including commercial, health, intercultural, instructional, interpersonal, political, and crisis/risk management. His scholarship has appeared in over thirty convention presentations (five top paper awards), books, book chapters, and journal publications such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, The International Journal of the Image, Communication Reports, Journal of Communication, The Global Studies Journal, Health Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, Communication Yearbook, Central Business Review, Communication Research Reports, and Human Communication Research, among others. He is a recipient of the “Distinguished Article Award” from the Communication and Social Cognition Division of the National Communication Association for the article titled “Inoculation and Mental Processing: The Instrumental Role of Associative Networks in the Process of Resistance,” which was published in Communication Monographs. Ivanov is also a recipient of the University of Oklahoma, Department of Communication’s H. Wayland Cummings Best Quantitative Dissertation Award.

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Derek R. Lane (Ph.D., 1996, University of Oklahoma) is a professor in the Department of Communication and former Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in Communication in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky (2005-2009). Dr. Lane’s research can be classified in the broad area of face-to-face and mediated message reception and processing to affect attitude and behavior change in instructional, organizational, and health contexts. His research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Science Foundation and appears in Risk Analysis, Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Media Psychology, Communication Research Reports, Health Promotion Practice, American Journal of Communication, the Journal of Engineering Education and the Journal of Experimental Education among others  His expertise and professional training encompass specialty areas that include Team Building, Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Management, Leadership, Communication Skills Training and Development, Technological Innovations in Organizations, and Business and Professional Speaking. He is certified by the Institute of Cultural Affairs as a professional trainer for Basic Group Facilitation Methods and Participatory Strategic Planning. 

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Dan O’Hair (Ph.D., 1982, University of Oklahoma) is Professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky. In 2006, he served as the President of the National Communication Association, the world’s largest and oldest professional association devoted to the study of communication. He has published over ninety research articles and scholarly chapters in risk and health communication, public relations, business communication, media management, and psychology journals and volumes, and has authored and edited fifteen books in the areas of communication, risk management, health, and terrorism. His latest book was published in 2009 entitled The Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communication (Routledge) for which he served as a senior editor and contributor. He has directed over twenty doctoral dissertations and served on over ninety doctoral and masters committees. He has been the principal investigator or Co-PI for several grants from business, non-profit, and government institutions totaling more than $10 million. Dr. O’Hair has served on the editorial boards of twenty-seven research journals and is a past editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research, published by the National Communication Association. Articles published in JACR have been referenced or reviewed by such publications as the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Communication Letter. He has served as an education and training consultant to dozens of private, non-profit and government organizations. 

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Kevin Real (Ph.D., 2002, Texas A&M University) is a Professor of Health and Organizational Communication in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. Real’s primary research and teaching focus is on communication in health care organizations with an emphasis on healthcare quality and safety in individual and team interactions. Much of his recent research focuses on safety communication in various contexts, including heath care, manufacturing and construction. Dr. Real takes a problem-focused approach to research. He is interested in how communication theory and research can provide opportunities for improving everyday life for workers and organizational stakeholders. His work has been published in the Handbook of Health Communication, Journal of Business and Psychology, Health Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Applied Communication Research

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Shari R. Veil, MBA, Ph.D., is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Communication and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky where she oversees the recruitment, advisement, and retention of over 1600 undergraduate students in five majors across the college. Dr. Veil formerly served as the Director of the Risk Sciences Division coordinating research, funding, education, and training programs specific to risk and crisis communication. Her research interests include organizational learning in high-risk environments, community preparedness, and communication strategies for crisis management and she teaches courses in risk and crisis, organizational, and mass communication. Her work has been funded by the National Hazard center, the United States Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense and National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events and published in venues such as the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Risk Analysis, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Business Communication, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Corporate Reputation Review, and Public Relations Review. Dr. Veil is Chair of the National Communication Association Public Relations Division and serves locally on the Lexington-Fayette County Local Emergency Planning Committee and Community Emergency Response Team.

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Sherali Zeadally is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science. Information about Dr. Zeadally is available on this webpage