M.A. in JOURNALISM, Texas Southern University Advertising/Public Relations, Organizational Communication Minor
B.A. in ART, University of South Carolina Studio Art, Advertising Journalism Minor
NON-CREDIT COURSEWORK: St. Bernard’s School of Ministry and Theology, Pittsford, NY;
COURSERA CERTIFICATES: Arts and Heritage Management; Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies; Managing Food and Beverage Companies; and, International Leadership and Organizational Behavior – Università Bocconi; International Organizations Management – University of Geneva; The Changing Global Order – Universiteit Leiden; How to Change the World – Wesleyan University; Leadership in 21st Century Organizations (June 2017)– Copenhagen Business School
HIGHER EDUCATION TEACHING
TEMPORARY LECTURER in Communication Studies at LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY, Farmville, VA. 1/2013 –5/2014.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Public Relations at ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Rochester, NY. 9/2006 – 5/2010.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (tenured in 1997) and Public Relations Program Coordinator (2001-2005) WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, Bowling Green, KY. 8/1990-6/2006.
BENEDICT COLLEGE, Columbia, SC. JOURNALISM INSTRUCTOR August 1987 – May 1988. COMMERCIAL ART INSTRUCTOR. September 1981 – May 1985 (Wrote the curriculum and taught the program’s first courses.)
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (SUNY) AT BROCKPORT, Brockport, NY; O’MORE COLLEGE OF DESIGN, Franklin, TN; TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, Houston, TX; ART INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON, Houston, TX
INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE (10+ YEARS):
GANNETT NEWS SERVICE, Arlington, VA. June – August 1997 American Society of Newspaper Editors, (ASNE) Institute for Journalism Excellence Fellow: news, and features editor, and worked in USA TODAY
FULTON LEADER, Fulton, KY. July – August 1996. Kentucky Press Association (KPA) Fellow: advertising designer, copy editor, and graphic artist.
GRAPHICS AND PUBLICATION DESIGN:
Houston, TX: Graphic designer of the Houston Economic Summit Host Committee’s newsletter staff, Summitimes, newspaper ads, logos and brochures for the World Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations. Layout and the monthly production of the Texas Medical Center News.
BOBBIN INTERNATIONAL, INC., Columbia, SC: Assistant Advertising Manager for Bobbin Magazine; Advertising Manager, LaBobina Magazine (Bobbin’s Spanish-language magazine), and Creative Director, Durad Corporation (Bobbin’s marketing division).
CREATIVE, RESEARCH, PROFESSIONAL and ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS:
Member of two art guilds: The Jasper Project and Columbia Artists United (curator of a site rotation)
Partnerships in non profit fundraising efforts: Artists For A Cure (on-going), Atlantic Institute (on-going), Columbia Opportunity Resource — “A Time For Art (2019)
Exhibits: Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibit (SERCO) – 2019; For Love of Books & Art (Atlantic Institute); Bullets & Bandaids (2021); Richland County Library (Eastover) – “Pop-Up” (2021); “Art of Being: Woman” (2022) Richland County Library (main branch); MIRCI’s 52 Windows (2022 and 2023); The Jasper Project and 701 Whaley Center for Contemporary Arts — “Love Hurts/ Love Heals” (2023); 701Whaley Center for Contemporary Arts – Open Studios at the E.A. Finney Cultural Center (2023)
Online Exhibits and Articles
“Emotions” Online Exhibition and Publication, June-July 2022; “Botanicals” – Colors of Humanity Juried Art Show (August 2022); “Draw Jasper” — Jasper Magazine (November 2022); Tarzana Competitions: “Portraits” – Finalist Award (2023),”Color” – Honorable Mention (2023); Series of portraits for children with Cancer and their families — Artists For A Cure FaceBook (June 2022 – present); Crawl article by The Jasper Project (FaceBook 3/12/22)
Juneteenth at the Harriet Barber House, Cottontown Crawl, Tasty Tomato Festival, Greenhill Parish Market, Melrose Art in the Yard
Taught public relations, advertising design, and publication design for more than 30 years in American universities in Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, Virginia, Texas, and South Carolina, and taught Study abroad courses in Italy several years. Also worked for a number of years in publication design and management. Have lived in 11 states (including Alaska).
Collaborated on more than 13 papers, and on conference presentations in Italy, the United States, and Spain, and also collaborated on courses in Italy and in the States on ethics in fashion, international PR, and events planning and PR in the Italian tourism industry.
The founding faculty adviser for chartered chapters of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Longwood University.
In 2004, co-founded an organization called “Fashion for Good” to raise ethical awareness among fashion students, teachers, and professionals. Work done under the association’s umbrella became the topic for the only academic entry in the second edition of PRNews’ Guide to Best Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility in 2008, titled: “Readying the Fashion Industry for Ethics and Social Responsibility.”
“Leadership in Higher Education: A View from Below” in International Journal of Leadership and Change, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2017
Book Chapter (co-author) “Using Fashion to Teach Social Responsibility across Disciplines and Cultures: Fashion, Social Responsibility, Public Relations as Change Agents” in Teaching Organizational and Business Ethics edited collection by Jonathan H. Westover, Associate Professor of Management and Associate Director of the Center of the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University
academia.edu. (co-author with Fabio Carlo Ferrari and Giancarlo Polenghi): A scuola, con le emozioni (At School with Emotions; and, Percorsi di Mediazione (Paths to Mediation). Both projects which were funded (2015) by The City of Florence, Italy.
Paper (co-author) “Pomp and Circumstance”: Industry and Academe Partnering in Service-Learning to Build Good Citizenship – Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, 13, No. 4
Paper (co-author) “Academic and Industry Partnerships: ‘dreaming about what the world is going to be like in fifty years and educating for a hundred years hence’”, 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED) 2014, Conference Proceedings – VALENCIA, SPAIN
Paper Presentation (co-author) 2011/07/11-13, New Orleans, LA – A Public Relations Focus on Social Responsibility: Growing a Heart for Globally-Shared Concerns, The 6th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
“Leading pros offer diversity insights,” Public Relations Tactics, Public Relations Society of America (October, page 17) MARCH 19, interview, Public Relations Society of America, PRSA You Tube
“Solidifying” Public Relations and Its Professionals Through Diversity, http://prsay.prsa.org/index.php/2010/02/10/solidifying-public-relations-and-its-professionals-through-diversity/ PRSay, Public Relations Society of America – February 10, 2010
Paper (co-author): Integrated Planning and Management: social responsibility and forecasting in the fashion world combine art, science and technology, effectively bridging disciplines, cultures, space and time, International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI) 2009, Conference Proceedings – VALENCIA, SPAIN
Journal article co-author: Using Fashion to Teach Social Responsibility across Disciplines and Cultures: Fashion, Social Responsibility, Public Relations as Change Agents, International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 9, No. 1
Book chapter co-author: Readying the Fashion Industry for Ethics and Social Responsibility, Guide to Best Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility, PRNews, Vol. 2, PR News Press.
Book chapter: Moda, etica e responsabilita sociale, Il Barometro Della Fiducia, MCM, Marketing Communication Mix, Marco Parrini and Giancarlo Polenghi editors and publishers (FLORENCE ITALY)
Wrote one of two prefaces for the book, ATTENZIONE ALLE TARTARUGHE E AI CALABRONI (Beware of the Turtles and the Hornets). Published by Marketing Communication Mix (MCM), FLORENCE ITALY. (2002)
Journal article: Fashioning Fashion for Good: Towards a Universal Code of Ethics and Social Responsibility, International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 6, No. 7
“Mimesis and Reality in the Advertising Messages of Oliverio Toscani for Benetton (1984-2000)” – Published Proceedings from Poetics and Christianity Conference, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, ROME, ITALY
Invited to post the first in a series of essays on race and public relations, and ideas for achieving greater racial and ethnic diversity in the industry. “Solidifying” Public Relations and Its Professionals Through Diversity, PRSay, Public Relations Society of America, February 10, 2010
Paper presentation (co-author) The International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI) – November 16, 2009, MADRID, SPAIN
Panelist: “Public Relations: A Partner in the Pursuit of Diversity and Inclusion” — 9th Annual Diversity Conference, Building Community through Diversity: Sharing the Dream, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY.
Paper presentation: 9th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture & Change in Organizations, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. – June 23-28, 2009
Oral presentation, “Mimesis and Reality in the Advertising Messages of Oliverio Toscani for Benetton (1984-2000)” – Poetics and Christianity Conference – Philosophy and Communication Departments of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce – March 30, 2007, ROME, ITALY
Panel presentation: “Media, Public Relations and Globalization—Economic Development and Revitalization Project” for the Empoli Commerce Development Agency, July,17, 2007 – EMPOLI, ITALY
Special Topics panel presentation: Disability: How do textiles and apparel scholars address this issue in the classroom, in their research/creative work, and in their outreach to the community and the textiles and apparel industry? – International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Meeting (pre-conference), November 14, 2007, Los Angeles, CA
Paper presentation: “Fashioning Fashion for Good: Working towards a Universal Code of Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Fashion Industry,” 6th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture & Change in Organizations, Monash University Centre, July 11-14, 2006 – PRATO, ITALY
Interview: Rome Reports News Service for EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) – July 13, 2006, ROME, ITALY
Panelist for Fashion for Good Roundtable (in cooperation with Alta Roma) – “The line of cultures the texture of respect: when fashion unites persons and people” – July 13, 2006, ROME, ITALY
Oral paper presentation at the International Textile and Apparel Association – “Exploring Social Responsibility in the Fashion Industry” – November 2, 2006 – San Antonio, Texas
Invited Speaker for Kentucky School Public Relations Association Annual Conference, “Choices, Challenges and Consequences: The three C’s of PR in the Years Ahead” – Barren River Lake, KY – May 5, 2005
Invited Speaker at the VINTAGE WORKSHOP® in FLORENCE, ITALY, presented by Connecting Managers (the marketing association in Florence, Italy of 6,500 members) – July 5, 2005
Presenter, Fashion for Good Roundtable (in cooperation with Alta Roma, the fashion association in ROME, ITALY) – July 15, 2005
Paper presentation, “Fashioning Fashion for Good: Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Fashion World” – 48th Conference of Kentucky Association of Anthropologists and Sociologists – Bowling Green, KY – September 29, 2005
Presenter – SNPA (Southern Newspapers Publishers Association) and KPA (Kentucky Press Association) 2002 Traveling Campus, Louisville, KY
Presentation to group at Accademia Dei Ponti, FLORENCE, ITALY) on media and PR in the USA, quoted and pictured on the website of Accademia Dei Ponti (accademiadeiponti.it) and in printed publication (2001)