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Michael J. Palenchar

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Michael J. Palenchar is an Associate Professor in Public Relations at the University of Tennessee (Ph.D., University of Florida). Research interests include risk and crisis communication, issues management, community awareness of emergency response protocols and manufacturing risks, community right-to-know issues, front groups, and social media during risk situations. He has close to three decades of professional experience working in corporate, nonprofit, and agency environments, and he is also a risk communication and issues management research consultant for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local government and nongovernmental agencies. His research has been published in the Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Management Communication Quarterly, Public Relations Journal, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Environmental Communication, and Communication Research Reports. He is the author of Strategic Issues Management (2nd Ed.), co-authored with Robert Heath, University of Houston, and has more than 120 journal articles, book chapters, and conference symposium and presentation publications including pre-conferences, panels, and invited speaking engagements. With coauthor Robert L. Heath in 2000 and Kathy Fitzpatrick in 2007, he won the Pride Award from the Public Relations Division, National Communication Association, for top published article in the field of public relations, and won the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Research Award and 2009, 2011 and 2014 Faculty Outreach/Service Award at UT’s College of Communication and Information. He is a Board Member on the Commission for Public Relations Education and is former chair of the National Communication Association's Public Relations Division.

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Ph.D. University of Florida
M.A. University of Houston
B.J. University of Texas

Research Interests: 
Risk Communication
Crisis Communication
Issues Management
Community Right to Know & Front Groups
Public Relations
Social Media and Risk/Crisis Communication
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Michael J.