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Robertson School hires eight new faculty members

Aug 10, 2018

Posted in: News

By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director, and Joshua Smith, Coordinator of the Public Relations Sequence

The Robertson School welcomes eight new faculty members in advertising, journalism and public relations. Director Dr. Hong Cheng is excited that the School has been able to increase its full-time faculty significantly this year. 

"We're thrilled to have eight new colleagues joining the Robertson School this year, the largest new faculty cohort in Robertson's history," said Cheng. "At this exciting beginning of the new school year, we're grateful to the University and the College of Humanities and Sciences for the multiple new faculty lines slated to Robertson."

Top row: Dr. Kaitlin Hanger, Dr. Nicole O'Donnell, Dr. Cheng Hong and Aloni Hill. Bottom row: Judi Crenshaw, Jessica Collins, Alix Bryan and Dr. Mariam Alkazemi (from left to right). 

"Each of them brings unique and much-needed expertise to the School," said Cheng. "While their being on board will add to the Robertson's increasingly stronger scholarship, it'll particularly improve the balance between full-time and part-time faculty."  

Please learn more about the backgrounds of each of the new faculty members below and read interviews with them.

Dr. Mariam Alkazemi, assistant professor in public relations, joins the Robertson School from the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida. (Interview | Bio)

Alix Bryan, instructor in journalism, worked as a senior web reporter and interactive producer at WTVR-CBS 6 in Richmond. She earned her master's degree in multimedia journalism from the Robertson School. (Interview | Bio)

Jessica Collins, assistant professor in advertising, was head of the Immersion & Ideation Department at Good Run Research & Recreation. She earned her master's degree in communications strategy from the VCU Brandcenter. (Interview | Bio)

Judi Crenshaw, instructor in public relations, was director of communications with the Virginia Council on Economic Education before joining the School. She earned her master's degree in communication from Purdue University. (Interview | Bio)

Dr. Kaitlin Hanger, instructor in public relations, was a lecturer at the University of Miami before joining the Robertson School in the spring semester. She earned a Ph.D. in visual communication from Wayne State University. (Interview | Bio)

Aloni Hill, instructor in journalism, joins the Robertson School from Virginia Union University in Richmond. She earned her master's degree in media management from Norfolk State University and is a doctoral candidate at Regent University. (Interview | Bio)

Dr. Cheng Hong, assistant professor in advertising, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 2018. Her research focuses on brand activism, consumer boycott behaviors and corporate social responsibility. (Interview | Bio)

Dr. Nicole O'Donnell, assistant professor in public relations, received her Ph.D. from Washington State University in 2018. Her research focuses on emerging new technology in health and environmental campaigns. (Interview | Bio)