Professor of Communication
Dr. McCown, recently published an article titled “Building Leader-Employee Dialogue and Relationships through Internal Public Relations, Leadership Style, and Workplace Spirituality” in PRism journal. Based on her dissertation research, this article considers how organizational leaders can foster effective communication and build relationships with to empower employees and increase productivity and job satisfaction. Dr. McCown’s RCA presentation in Chicago was titled, “Recognizing the Imago Dei in Employee Publics: A Challenge for Christian Public Relations Scholars, Faculty, and Practitioners.” She said, “I’m especially interested in helping organizations think as much about how they treat and empower employees as they do about how to promote brand recognition with consumers and the media. If a company does things ‘right’ inside the organization, it is more likely to do the same externally.” In addition, McCown is working on a book chapter that explores World Vision’s controversial hiring crisis that exploded on social media earlier in 2014.