Office Location: 231Q Webster Building Address: Room 312, level 3 Robert Webster Building, The University of New South Wales, Kingsford Australia 2052 Telephone: +61 2 9385 4856 Office Hours, TBA E-mail: Michael L. Kent
MICHAEL KENT is a Professor of Public Relations. Kent has been teaching for more than 25 years and has taught more than 40 different courses, including Introduction to Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, Cases, Campaigns, and Management, Public Speaking and Advanced Public speaking, Persuasion, Communication Theory, Media and Mass Culture, and others. Kent conducts research on Dialogic Theory, New Technology, Mediated Communication, Social Media, International Communication, and Web Communication. Kent consults on research methods, message design, mediated communication, journalism, and public relations. Kent has published dozens of articles and books, including a public relations writing textbook, and two public speaking textbooks. In 2006, Kent spent the fall semester in Riga, Latvia on a Fulbright Scholarship. Kent received his Doctorate from Purdue University, his Masters from the University of Oregon, and his Bachelors from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Kent, M. L., & Logan, N. (in press). Rhizomatous dialogue and organizational engagement: Enacting a dialogic organizational workspace. In, M. L. Doerfel, & J. L. Gibbs (Eds). Building Inclusiveness in Organizations, Institutions, and Communities: Communication Theory Perspectives, (pp. XY). New York: Routledge Series in Communication, Organization, and Organizing.
Kent, M. L., & Theunissen, P. (in press). Dialogue and rhetoric in strategic communication. In, C. Botan (Ed.), International Handbook of Strategic Communication, )pp. XY). Wiley Blackwell.
Taylor, M., Kent, M. L., & Xiong, Y. (2019). Chapter 6: Dialogue and organization–public relationships. In B. Bruner-Johnson, (Ed.), Public Relations Theory: Application and Understanding, (pp. 7996). Malden, MA: Wiley.
Kent, M. L. & Taylor, M. (2018). Understanding the Rhetoric of Dialogue and the Dialogue of Rhetoric. In Į. Ihlen, & R. L. Heath, (Eds.) (2018). Handbook of Organizational Rhetoric and Communication: Foundations of Dialogue, Discourse, Narrative, and Engagement (pp. 315327). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Kent, M. L., & Boatwright, B. (2018). Ritualistic sacrifice in crisis communication: A case for eliminating scapegoating from the crisis lexicon. Public Relations Review. 44(4), 514522.
Kent, M. L. (2018). Chapter 10: Dialogic theory. X. Chen (Ed), Public Relations Theory for Contemporary China, Vol I, (pp. 133165). Beijing China: Communication University of China Press. (published in Chinese).
Lane, A., & Kent, M. L. (2018). Engagement as dialogue, dialogue as engagement. In, K. Johnston & M. Taylor (Eds). Handbook of Engagement (pp. 6172). Hoboken NJ: Wiley-Blackwell..
Kent, M. L. (2018). Dialogue (encyclopedia entry). In, R. L. Heath, & W. Johansen (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Strategic Communication. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons.
Kent, M. L. (2018). Book Review: Compromised data: From social media to big data. International Journal of Communication 12, 27252729.
Kent, M. L., & Lane, A. (2017). A rhizomatous metaphor for dialogic theory. Public Relations Review, 43(3), 568578.
Taylor, M., & Kent, M. L. 2017). Chapter 2: Nation building in the Former Yugoslavia: A 20-year retrospective to understand how public relations rebuilds relationships in divided societies. In I. Somerville, O. Hargie, M. Taylor, & M. Toledano (Eds.), International Public Relations: Perspectives from deeply divided societies, (pp. 926). New York: Routledge.
Kent, M. L. (2017). Public Relations. In, M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Kent, M. L. (2016). Putting the social back in social media: A longitudinal, meta-analysis of social media research. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research 5(1), 6275.
Kent, M. L., & Theunissen, P. (2016). Elegy for mediated dialogue: Shiva the Destroyer and reclaiming our first principles. Internal Journal of Communication, 10, 4040–4054.
Kent, M. L., & Taylor, M. (2016). Building an Ethic of Responsibility: Dialogue and Communitarianism as Public Relations Archetypes. In, B. R. Brunner (Ed.), The Moral Compass of Public Relations, (pp. 175184). New York, Rutledge.
Kent, M. L., Saffer, A. J., & Sommerfeldt, E. J. (2016). From communitarianism to dialogue: Building better relationships. NIDA Journal of Language and Communication, 21(28), 115.
Xiong, Y., Taylor, M. Kent, M. L. (2016). Chapter 4: Image repair in a Chinese brand identity crisis: Will the real herbal tea company please stand up? ? In, C. J. Liberman, D. Rodriguez, & T. A. Avtgis (Eds), Casing Crisis and Risk Communication, (pp. 2541). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
Kent, M. L., & Taylor, M. (2016). From homo economicus to homo dialogicus: Rethink-ing social media use in CSR communication. Public Relation Review, 42(1), 60–67.
Taylor, M., & Kent, M. L. (2016). Towards legitimacy and professionalism: A call to repeal the Gillett amendment. Public Relation Review, 42(1), 1–8.
Kent, M. L., Sommerfeldt, E. J., & Saffer, A. J. (2016). Social networks, power, and public relations: Tertius Iungens as a cocreational approach to studying relationship networks. Public Relation Review 42(1), 91–100.
Taylor, M., & Kent, M. L. (2016). Community acceptance theory in the shadow of Ebola. In T. R. Harrison, & E. A. Williams (Eds.). Organizations, communication, and health, pp. 384–401. New York: Routledge Press.
Kent, M. L. (2015). The Power of Storytelling in Public Relations: Understanding the 20 Master Plots. Public Relation Review, 41, 480–489.
Sommerfeldt, E. J., & Kent, M. L. (2015). Civil society, networks, and relationship management: Beyond the organization–public dyad. International Journal of Strategic Communication 9, 235–252.
Paquette, M., Sommerfeldt, E. J., & Kent, M. L. (2015). Do the ends justify the means? Dialogue, development communication, and deontological ethics. Public Relations Review, 41(1), 3039.
Taylor, M., & Kent, M. L. (2014). Dialogic Engagement as a Foundational Concept in the Practice of Public Relations. Journal of Public Relations Research 26(5), 384398. (lead article)
Kent, M. L., Taylor, M., & Veil, S. R. (2011). Issues management makeover: A facelift for an aging theory. In M. Goralski, H. P. LeBlanc III, & M. L. Adams (Eds.), Business research yearbook: Balancing profitability and sustainability: Shaping the future of business, 18(2), (pp. 534541). Beltsville, MD: International Academy of Business Disciplines.