Social Media

Hailey Mills

Hailey Mills received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mount Union and her M.A. from The University of Akron. She is currently working on her doctorate, in Mass Communication, at Ohio University. Her research interests include understanding the role of community engagement on social media sites and how to better promote social media literacy. As an educator, she enjoys blending academic work and the professional world together in an effort to help students succeed in and out of the classroom. 

Stefanie Moore

Stefanie Moore is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she teaches primarily in the PR sequence. Currently she teaches Online PR Tactics, PR Case Studies and Social Media Strategies.

She previously served as coordinator of Flash Communications, the student PR agency housed in University Communications and Marketing, where she directed eight to 10 students on marketing and PR initiatives.

Mary M. Step, Ph.D.

Dr. Step’s academic interest is in understanding and improving health communication messaging associated with social and behavioral risks, such as tobacco use and HIV prevention.  She holds a doctorate in Communication Studies from Kent State University (1998) and completed postdoctoral training in cancer prevention and control at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2008). Dr.

Paul Haridakis

Paul conducts research on media uses and effects, law, public policy, new communication technologies, sports communication, freedom of speech, and the history of communication studies. His recent work has focused on the role of YouTube and other social media in political campaigns and interpersonal communication, user-generated content, mediated interactivity, and First Amendment issues related to the regulation of content in various media such as the Internet and television.

William Sledzik

Bill joined the faculty in 1992 after a 15-year career in public relations counseling. That career included five years as head of his own firm, Sledzik & Associates, in Buffalo, N.Y., and service to such clients as General Motors, Stroh’s Beer, Uniroyal Tires, Century 21 and Waste Management. 

Michele Ewing

Michele Ewing, APR, has more than 25 years of experience in agency and corporate public relations and public relations education. Before joining the Kent State faculty, Michele was a vice president at Marcus Thomas LLC, an integrated marketing communications agency in Cleveland.

Joe Murray

Joe Murray has worked as a producer/director, graphic designer, editor and writer for a variety of PBS and commercial television stations and television post-production companies. Children's television specials and documentaries Murray produced in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East have earned him many awards including Oebie and Producer of the Year awards from the Ohio Educational Broadcasting Network Commission and three Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Cleveland.

Gene Shelton

Gene Shelton received the College of Communication and Information’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2013. At the end of the fall semester he was honored with Kent State University’s Diversity Trailblazer Award, the university’s highest recognition to a campus, college, school or individual for advocating and advancing diversity.