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Chair of Communication Studies Joins Arthur W. Page Society

Sandra Duhé to join association of public relations CEOs, communications officers and leading academics

Dr. Sandra Duhé, chair of the Division of Communication Studies, associate professor and director of the public relations program at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, has accepted an invitation to join the Arthur W. Page Society, an elite association of senior public relations and corporate communications executives. Page Society membership consists primarily of chief communications officers of Fortune 500 companies, CEOs of the world’s largest public relations firms and leading academics from the nation’s top business and communications schools.

“I'm delighted to be part of an organization I've long admired professionally and academically,” says Duhé. “The Page Society embodies the ethical, professional and strategic principles my colleagues and I teach our students, and I'm looking forward to being an active contributor to the Society's work.”

Prior to her arrival at SMU in 2012, Duhé was a financial analyst for Conoco and a public affairs manager for Conoco, Mobil and ExxonMobil. She has extensive experience in media relations, community outreach, brand management and crisis response, and holds four degrees, one of which is a Ph.D. in political economy from University of Texas at Dallas.

Duhé is dedicated to shifting the common misperception that public relations focuses solely on publicity. She prepares her students to be research-savvy managers well versed in business principles and able to tie communication strategy to business strategy. Duhé also encourages students to have a service mindset and to seek connections with underserved nonprofits as a means of learning the principles of public relations.

Duhé’s research and commentary focus on the role of public relations in capitalism, democracy and society and have been published in journals including Public Relations Review; Public Relations Journal; Corporate Communications: An International Journal; The Global Public Relations Handbook; and The Institute for Public Relations. She is the editor of the book New Media and Public Relations, the first scholarly text of its kind published by Peter Lang in 2007, followed by a second edition in 2012.

Other Meadows faculty and Arthur W. Page connections: Meadows faculty member Rita Linjuan Men received an Arthur W. Page Legacy Scholar grant in 2013 to research how managerial leadership affects employee engagement.

Read more about the SMU Meadows Division of Communication Studies.

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