Rita Men, APR, to join College’s Public Relations faculty in August

Published: February 12th, 2015

Category: Faculty news

Rita Men photoPlease join us in welcoming Rita Men, APR, who will join our College in August as an Assistant Professor of Public Relations. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University.

Rita’s research interests include employee engagement, leadership communication, measurement and evaluation, relationship/reputation management, and social media public relations. She is currently working as part of a global research team dedicated to developing the measurement standard for excellence in internal communication and on several projects concerning how organizational leadership, culture, new technology, and strategic communication factors interplay to influence public relations effectiveness.

Rita earned a doctorate in Communication in 2012 from the University of Miami, a master’s degree in Communication from Hong Kong Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree in International Communication from Zhejiang University, China.

Her research has been published in leading refereed journals, including Journal of Public Relations Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Public Relations Review, Journal of Communication Management, International Journal of Strategic Communication and Public Relations Journal, and as book chapters in Handbook of Communication and Corporate Reputation, The IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication: A Guide to Internal Communication, Public Relations, Marketing and Leadership, and New Media and Public Relations.

Rita serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Relations Research, Communication Research Report, and has served as a reviewer of many journals and conferences. She received numerous awards and grants from the International Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Public Relations Research Conference, the Center for Global Public Relations, the Arthur Page Center, and the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. She is the 2010 recipient of the Ketchum Excellence in Public Relations Research Award from the Institute for Public Relations.

Rita has significant professional experience, including corporate communication, branding, and public relations research. She has worked internationally with Alibaba Group Inc. and Ketchum Inc., and provided communication consultancy for multiple multinational corporations and non-profit organizations in China and the United States.

She is the advisory board member and former co-organizer of the International Public Relations Research Conference. She also serves as the Research Editor for the Institute for Public Relations’ Organizational Communication Research Center.