Deborah Davis

Deborah Davis

Assistant Professor of Journalism


Room:AJ 383

Educational Background: 
EdD Adult, Higher and Community Education, 2014 (anticipated)
MA Public Relations, Ball State University, 2003
BA Journalism, Franklin College, 1986

Professional Experience:
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).

Research/Creative/Publication Interests:
Crisis communications, relationship-building, journalism/PR education, student success, academic advising.

Research/Creative/Publication Career Highlights:
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 Society.

Recent Presentations: 
International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry May, 2014
Davis, D.A. Googling for Advice: A Case Study of a First-Generation College Student.

Ball State University Unity Week Diversity Symposium January, 2014
Phelps-Ward, R., & Davis, D.A. Faculty-student interactions: Exploring the impact for first-generation and minority students.

International 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. 

International Public Relations Research Conference 2009
Pritchard, 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.  

Pritchard, 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. Miami, Florida.  

Public Relations Society of America International Conference 2007
Cocca, M.S. & Davis, D.A. The Role of Communications during Rapid Organizational Change 

Thesis/Creative 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.