Tom Kelleher
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Tom Kelleher is Chair of the Department of Advertising at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. He served on the faculty at the University of Hawaii for 13 years, where he anchored the Public Relations track and led the design of the Communication in Communities capstone. The AEJMC mass communication and society division named him a top-three AEJMC Promising Professor in 2001. He won the University of Hawaii College of Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching award in 2009, and a PRSA Hawaii Koa Anvil Award of Excellence in 2009 for his work with UH PRSSA students. Kelleher has designed and taught 22 different courses at three flagship state universities (Florida, North Carolina, and Hawaii), and has advised dozens of theses and dissertations. He earned his B.A. from Flagler College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Tom is an active scholar publishing in the field’s top journals including, Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Teaching Public Relations, Journal of Communication and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. He served as guest editor for Journal of Public Relations Research for a 2010 special issue on social media. His first book, Public Relations Online: Lasting Concepts for Changing Media, released by SAGE in 2006, was the first scholarly textbook in public relations to focus on the implications of social media and “Web 2.0” technologies for theory and practice. His research interests are online public relations, social media, public relations theory, campaigns, ethics, and teaching and learning with online media.

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