Professor named among most promising

A College of Communications faculty member was selected among the top finishers in the 2012 Promising Professor competition that focused on classroom instruction and was conducted by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Marcia DiStaso, an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising/Public Relations, will be honored by members of the AEJMC’s Mass Communication and Society Division during the group’s annual convention Aug. 9-12 in Chicago. 

DiStaso was cited for the attention to detail and quality of her submission, which included a supporting letter from Marie Hardin, associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education in the College of Communications. During the award presentation, DiStaso and other honorees will share some of the approaches that have helped them find success in the classroom.

DiStaso joined the Penn State faculty at Penn State in 2007. She began teaching in 2002 and has more than 10 years of practical experience, including positions in corporate nonprofit and agency public relations.

DiStaso’s research focuses on social media, investor relations and financial communication. She has authored peer-reviewed journal articles, which have been published in the Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal and Journalism Studies. She has also written 14 book chapters, has publications available through the Institute for Public Relations, and has presented more than 25 conference papers at national and international conferences.

She is an active member in the Public Relations Society of America, serving as chair of the Financial Communications Section, co-chair of the National Research Committee, research chair of the Educators Academy and a member of the Speakers Bureau. She sits on the editorial board for the Public Relations Journal and is a board member of the International Public Relations Research Conference. DiStaso has judged PRSA Silver Anvils, PR News Platinum PR Awards and other awards. She consults companies on social media and provides pro bono work for local and national non-profit agencies.

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Last Updated July 02, 2012