Academic Advisors

Dr. Ann Marie Major, Penn State PRSSA Faculty Co-Advisor

Ann Marie Major is an Associate Professor with the Pennsylvania State University and teaches course in public relations campaign development and communications management. She is also the Director of the Jimirro Center for the Study of Media Influence where she manages research projects by evaluating the impact of mass media and interpersonal communication on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.

Before becoming a professor for Penn State University, Dr. Major worked with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge’s Department of Environmental Protection Public Relations Committee for Establishing Streamside Riparian Buffers. She has worked on projects in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, India, Algeria, Egypt, France, and Australia

She has authored articles in Journalism Quarterly, the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, the Journal of Public Relations ResearchPublic Relations magazine and the Proceedings of the American Academy of Advertising.She’s also co-author of the book “Good-Bye Gweilo: Public Opinion and the 1997 Problem in Hong Kong.”

If you have any questions, email Ann Major.

Professor Renea Nichols, Penn State PRSSA Faculty Co-Advisor

Renea Nichols joined the College of Communication faculty in 2004 the semester after spending eight years as a lecturer at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University.

Her abundance of practical public relations experience includes public relations positions with the City of Phoenix, U-Haul International, Arizona Special Olympics and the ASU Alumni Association. She has served as a public relations consultant to organizations such as the National Kidney Foundation, the Maricopa Association of Governments and many top public relations agencies in Arizona.

With a background in journalism, she has worked for daily newspapers in Michigan, Maryland and Ohio as a reporter. At Arizona State, she also coordinated the public relations internship program and served as faculty adviser to the campus chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Her students at both ASU and Penn State have received national awards from PRSA, IABC, NODAC-PRSSA and Rolling Stone magazine for their public relations campaigns completed as part of her writing and campaign courses.

She has authored four books on interracial dating and multi-racial populations and appeared in national news media discussing the subjects. She spends her free time with her daughter, Danni, and exploring the state of Pennsylvania.

If you have any questions, email Renea Nichols.

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