Dr. Kelly Chernin

Contact and Overview

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Office Hours 

Tuesday: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

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M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., American University


Currently Teaching (Spring 2024)

COM 3220 Professional Ethics Public Relations
COM 3312 Crisis Communication

Courses Taught

COM 3220 Professional Ethics Public Relations
COM 3312 Crisis Communication
COM 3538 Public Interest Communication

Teaching and Research Specialties

International Communication
Public Interest Communication
Crisis Communication

Recent Publications

  • Chernin, K. (expected publication August 2022). Reimagining western media portrayals of China. In Peng, A., & Zhang, S. (Eds.). China, Media, and International Conflicts. Routledge.
  • Chernin, K., & Brunner, B. (2022) Public interest communication in the classroom: Bringing activism to public relations education. Journal of Public Relations Education, 8(2), 111-146.
  • Waddell, T. F., Chernin, K., Neimand, A., & Christiano, A. (2022). The effect of documentary and fictional narratives on the dehumanization of refugees and stereotype reversal. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/15562948.2022.2061096

Recent Awards

  • College of Fine and Applied Arts Outstanding Teacher Award 2021

Title: Assistant Professor, Public Relations
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2406

Office address
Walker Hall 123