Assistant Professor of Journalism
EdD Adult, Higher and Community
Education, 2014 (anticipated)
MA Public Relations, Ball State
BA Journalism, Franklin College,
Professional experience includes
ten years in TV news, producing top-rated newscasts in Louisville, Cincinnati
and Minneapolis before a career switch into public relations (corporate
communications and agency).
relationship-building, journalism/PR education, student success, academic
She founded Triad Public
Relations after working in different aspects of the healthcare industry
including stints at Columbia/HCA, Clarian Health, Community Health Network, Eli
Lilly and Company and WellPoint, Inc. Her expertise in crisis communications
and media relations has supported major product launches in the highly
regulated pharmaceutical industry, garnered media coverage that favorably
shaped public perception and policy in the insurance industry and guided
organizations through high-stakes strategic changes and business crises.
Debbie has received numerous
awards for media relations and crisis communications. She was twice named
Communicator of the Year by the Indianapolis chapter of International
Association of Business Communicators. She has served as president of the IABC
chapter and of the Indiana State Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations
Congress of Qualitative Inquiry May, 2014
Davis, D.A. Googling
for Advice: A Case Study of a First-Generation College Student.
University Unity Week Diversity Symposium
Phelps-Ward, R., & Davis, D.A. Faculty-student interactions: Exploring the impact for
first-generation and minority students.
Public Relations Research Conference 2014
Chynoweth, S.A. & Davis, D.A. Taming the Lions and
the Lies: Penn State’s Crisis Response Strategies and What Trustees Need to
Learn from Them.
Public Relations Research Conference 2009
R., Davis, D. & Filak, V. Hoosier Health Care Public Relations
Practitioners’ Role in the Dominant Coalition of Organizations. Twelfth
International Public Relations Research Conference Proceedings.
R., Davis, D. & Filak, V. (2009) Hoosier Health Care Public Relations
Practitioners’ Role in the Dominant Coalition of Organizations. Jackson/Sharpe
Award winner, 12th International Public Relations Research Conference.
Relations Society of America International Conference 2007
Cocca, M.S. & Davis, D.A. The Role of Communications
during Rapid Organizational Change
Project Experience and Philosophy:
Davis is interested
in projects that focus on crisis communications, media relations, health care
public relations, relationship-building and education-related topics.