Colleen Palmer

Colleen Palmer

  • Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media
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    Prof. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in communication and media arts. She taught at several schools prior to coming to Carthage in 2013. Her teaching focus at Carthage is public relations, where she enjoys preparing students for a career outside academics with practical PR skills in writing, speaking, analyzation, and crisis management.

    Prof. Palmer feels fortunate to live out her love for teaching and research. She has taught classes at Carthage ranging from Research Methods, PR Campaigns, PR Writing, and Crisis Communication, to name a few. She oversees PR students’ senior theses and is the faculty advisor for Carthage’s chapter of PRSSA, Public Relations Student Society of America.

    • B.A. — English and writing, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
    • M.A. — Literature and writing, Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, OH
    • Ph.D. — Communications and media arts, Regent University in Virginia Beach
    • CDM 1200 Public Speaking
    • CDM 2200 Principles of Public Relations
    • CDM 3350 Public Relations Writing
    • CDM 3420 Communications Management
    • CDM 3450 Mass Communication
    • CDM 3800 Public Relations Research Methods
    • CDM 3810 Public Relations Campaigns
    • CDM 3820 Crisis Communication
    • CDM 4030 Public Relations Senior Seminar

    Public relations with a focus on small business crisis communication Media with a focus on teens’ perceptions of media Representations of gender, race, and class in media

    AEJMC 2022 2nd Place GIFT award winner for Crisis Communication class assignment

    Susan B. Anthony Women of Influence Award, 2018 Top paper award at AEJMC conference in March of 2017: GIFs As a Form of Modern Communication

    Kappeler, C. (2020). Race, Gender, and Image Repair Theory: How Digital Media Changed the Landscape, 2018. Communication Booknotes Quarterly, 51:87. Kappeler, C. & Flory, N. (March 2019). Media Coverage of Female Athletes Who Protested. Pro Football and the Proliferation of Protest: Anthem Posture in a Divided America. Lexington Press. Prof. Kappeler published a book as the culmination to her master’s thesis work: From Baum to Maguire, The Wicked Witch of the West’s Impact on American Society Numerous publications in newspapers and magazines nationwide handling everything from personal essays to public relations content and research.