Dr. Theresa Russell-Loretz

Associate Professor

Dr. Theresa Russell-Loretz

Contact Information


Office: Hash 154
Phone: (717) 871-7281

Office Hours

M: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
T: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Zoom)
W: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Comments: Spring 2024 Hours


  • B.A. Speech and Drama, Marymount College, Salina, Kansas
  • M.S. Journalism and Mass Communication: Public Relations, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas (Minor: Marketing)
  • Ph.D. Communication: Public Affairs and Issue Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (Minor: Political Science)


Courses taught: 


  • Public Relations: Intro, Writing, Issues and Cases, Campaigns
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Crisis, Emergency and Risk Communication
  • Communication in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Health Communication


  • Crisis, Emergency and Risk Communication
  • Seminar in Organizational Communication
  • Communication for Educational Leaders


Dr. Russell-Loretz is an associate professor and former chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre from 2014-2022. Her research interests include rhetorical approaches to Public Relations; Organizational Identity and Recruitment; Feminist Perspectives in/on Public Relations; Oral histories; Journalism History; Media Depictions of Educational Leaders; and Emergency Managers’ perspectives on the role of communication in their work.

A former chair of the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association, Dr. Russell-Loretz currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Relations Research.

Dr. Russell-Loretz has worked with a number of local nonprofits, offering workshops on the role of communication in advancing the mission of community benefit organizations.