Faculty and Staff - Public Relations
Melissa A. Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Communication, where she has taught since 1994. Dr. Johnson’s research explores international communication and ethnicity-related concepts in traditional media, digital media, and public relations. Of particular interest is the role of visual communication in international news. A current stream of research examines the role of ethnic museums and cultural centers in building relationships among various cultural groups in urban settings. Dr. Johnson teaches classes in the networked society, international and intercultural communication, research methods, and public relations. She holds a doctorate in mass communication research from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Dr. Jameson's research examines conflict management within organizations with an emphasis on interpersonal conflict and third party intervention. Her research has focused on mediation and dispute system design with attention to the roles of identity and emotion in conflict transformation. Dr. Jameson teaches classes in organizational communication and conflict management. Her work appears in journals such as International Journal of Conflict Management, Negotiation Journal, and Western Journal of Communication as well as the Handbook of Conflict Communication (2013) and other edited volumes. Dr. Jameson is a mediator for the NC State University employee mediation program and serves as President of the International Association for Conflict Management (2016). She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. James Kiwanuka-Tondo is an Associate Professor, Coordinator of the Public Relations program in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University, and Director of International Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has taught numerous courses including Communication Research Methods, Communication Campaigns, Intercultural/International Communication, Public Relations Applications (PR Campaigns), Media Effects, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, and Feature Writing. Dr. Kiwanuka-Tondo received the award for Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the Year, Department of Communication, 2007/2008; the Advocacy Award for Promoting the Presence of African Americans at North Carolina State University 2007/2008; and the Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Spring 2007, Department of Communication, North Carolina State University. He also received the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award 1999, from Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, University of Connecticut. He has been a principal investigator on several research grants and has authored several publications and conference papers. He is a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar, and a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, as well as the British Commonwealth Technical Scholarship.