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Hilary K. Fussell Sisco

Associate Professor of Strategic Communication
Chairperson - Strategic Communication

BA, Virginia Tech; MS, Radford University; PhD, University of South Carolina

School of Communications


STC 515

Special Topics in Public Relations - Fall 2018

STC 401

Bateman Competition Research - Fall 2018

STC 402

Bateman Competition Campaigns - Spring 2019

STC 450

Crisis Communication Management - Spring 2019

STC 400

Special Topics - Spring 2019


Strategic Communication

Phone Number

(203) 582-3682

Mail Drop



Office Location

Center for Comm.&Engineer #259

Educational Background

Ph.D. University of South Carolina MS, Radford University BA, Virginia Tech

Significant Administrative Duties

Chair of the Department of Strategic Communication

Selected Publications

Laskin, A. & Fussell Sisco, H. (2015). Relationship Between Math Apprehension and Curricular Choices of Public Relations Students: An Experiment. Teaching Public Relations Monographs Brummette, John & Fussell Sisco, Hilary (2015). Using Twitter as a means of coping with emotions and uncontrollable crises. Public Relations Review. Fussell Sisco, H. (2014). Natural or Not? A Case Study of Kashi’s Viral Photo Crisis on Facebook. In M. W. DiStaso & D. S. Bortree (Eds.), Ethical practice of social media in public relations. New York, NY: Routledge Fussell Sisco, H. Pressgrove, G. & Collins, E. (2013). Paralleling the practice: An analysis of the scholarly literature in nonprofit public relations. Journal of Public Relations Research. Fussell Sisco, H. & McCorkindale, T. (2013). Communicating “Pink”: An analysis of the communication strategies, transparency, and credibility of breast social media sites. International Journal of Nonprofit and Volunteer Sector Marketing. McCorkindale, T., DiStaso, M., & Fussell Sisco, H. (2013). How Millennials Are Engaging and Building Relationships with Organizations on Facebook. The Journal of Social Media in Society.

Research Interests

Crisis Communication; Nonprofit Organizations; Social Media