Instructor of Journalism
PhD Mass Communications and Journalism,
University of Florida, ABD
MS Agricultural and Extension Education,
Michigan State University, 1992
BA Communications, Aquinas College, 1989
O’Malley has more than a decade of teaching experience including four years at
the University of South Dakota, six years at Kansas State University, two years
at the University of Florida and one year at Michigan State University. She has
professional experience working at South Dakota Education Association, Sanford
School of Medicine, NorthStar-Select Sires and Michigan Department of
and social media, educational pedagogy, branding, strategic online
communication, agricultural communication.
co-authored seven publications including peer-reviewed articles for Public Relations Review, Journalism and Mass Communications Educator,
and Science Communication. She has
been a part of six peer-reviewed research presentations on topics such as
undergraduates’ perception of faculty using social media, social networking and
She is a member
of the following professional organizations: Association for International Agricultural
and Extension Education, South Dakota Education Association, Council of Higher
Education, American Academy of Advertising, Association for Education in
Journalism and Mass Communication, International Communication Association and
National Communication Association.
Thesis/Creative Project Experience and
O’Malley prefers to work as a committee member on students’ theses. She would
like to have monthly meetings with students and be as involved as the chair of
the committee wants her to be involved.
has completed two student research projects. The first was Faculty on Facebook: Accepted or Duh Neid during which she worked
with two undergraduate students from the research conception to presentations.
This project was part of IdeaFest at the University of South Dakota. Her second
research project was an honors thesis completed by Erin Alberts entitled Traditional vs. E-Media Advertising:
Effectiveness for a locally owned furniture business. She acted as outside
chair for this project.