Three new faculty members join department for fall 2016

FORT WORTH (Aug. 8, 2016) – This fall, the Department of Strategic Communication welcomes three new tenure-track faculty members to TCU. Joining the program will be Dr. Ashley English, Dr. Penny Kwon, and Dr. Lindsay Ma. All finished their doctoral work and defended their dissertations over the past year. Drs. English and Ma will primarily teach public relations and public engagement courses in the program; Dr. Kwon will teach primarily advertising courses. “I can’t think of three stronger people than these wonderful scholars and teachers,” said Jacqueline Lambiase, department chair. “Each brings an interesting area of research to our program, and all have substantive professional experiences to share with our students.” Ashley English - headshotDr. English taught full time during 2015-16 at the University of North Texas while completing her doctorate there in public administration in December. Her research focuses on nonprofit communication and community engagement. English has already been teaching in TCU’s Certified Public Communicator program for three years.   kwonphotoDr. Kwon finished her doctoral work this spring in the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Social media advertising, consumer behavior, and branding provide the focus of her research. In February, she won funding from the American Academy of Advertising in that group’s dissertation proposal competition.     PhotoLiangMaDr. Ma attended the University of Maryland and completed her doctorate there this spring. Her research is focused on consumer-brand relationships in public relations. She is first author of an article published this summer in the Journal of Public Relations Research, titled “Effects of attributed responsibility and response strategies on organizational reputation.”     The Department of Strategic Communication now has 15 full-time faculty members and two staff members to serve about 400 undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more about the program at