Teaching Panels for the 2018 Conference!

By Sara Yeo, Teaching Chair

I am happy to announce two co-sponsored teaching panels at the 2018 Annual Conference:

Panel 1: Communication and Media Relations Training in Risk and Crises

(co-sponsored with Small Programs)

The purpose of this panel is to create a dialogue with attendees about how to successfully integrate a practical approach to crisis communication into their courses. Audience members will be provided with ideas about how to merge theory and real-world practice from a variety of perspectives, as each panelist differs in terms of the size of their course and institution, whether crisis communication is taught alone or as part of a unit, as well as the methods used to teach the topic.

The suggested best practices are grounded in industry experience, curriculum development, personal experience, and student success. Attendees will learn about creating impactful lesson plans, the opportunities and challenges involved in using a service learning approach with a real client, teaching students how to create a crisis communication plan in one semester, co-teaching across institutions, and using a distance learning approach to mimic the challenges created by today’s corporate environment. Attendees will also be provided with sample syllabi and assignments.


Lucinda Austin, University of North Carolina (confirmed)

John Besley, Michigan State University (confirmed)

Michelle Baum, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Kristi Gilmore, Texas Tech University

Chuck Lubbers, University of South Dakota

Michelle M. Maresh-Fuehrer, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi


Panel 2: Tips and Techniques for Teaching Online and Hybrid Courses

(co-sponsored with Political Communication)

This panel will help instructors manage two colliding trends in the modern classroom: How do you handle class lectures and discussions that cover scientific issues that are potentially politically contentious? And how do you do so in an environment in which institutions are encouraging instructors to make use of online tools to facilitate learning, including a greater emphasis on hybrid and online classes? The panelists will offer resources, tools and tips that can be used to navigate the challenges these issues present. Panelists will also highlight resources for teaching these topics. As institutions of higher education continue to encourage the use of online learning tools (e.g., Instructure, Moodle, Desire2Learn, social media), panelists will offer helpful tips and techniques for best practices.


Linda Pfeiffer, Purdue University (confirmed)

Avery Holton, University of Utah (confirmed)

D. Jasun Carr, Idaho State University (confirmed)

Guy Golan, Syracuse University (confirmed)