School of Communication & Journalism

Diana Sisson

Diana Sisson Assistant Professor, Public Relations
235 Tichenor Hall
(334) 844-2887

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 8-9 a.m. & 1:45-2:45 p.m.
  • Thursday 8-9 a.m.


Dr. Diana Sisson (Ph.D. 2015) is an assistant professor of public relations at Auburn University. She worked for several years in digital public relations, specifically social media strategy and web content management, for major healthcare organizations, as well as for urgent care and primary care medical centers in Virginia. She also taught public relations courses as an adjunct instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University and as a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Sisson earned her B.S. and M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. During her doctoral program, Dr. Sisson earned the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Dr. Sisson’s research program focuses on the intersection between public relations, authenticity, relationship management, and social media. Within these parameters, her research specifically examines the role of authenticity on relationship management outcomes such as control mutuality in organizations’ social media efforts in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Dr. Sisson’s research aims to help public relations practitioners ethically enhance organization-public relationships in social media. Dr. Sisson is a Research Fellow at The Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at The Pennsylvania State University (2018-2020) and a Page Legacy Scholar.

Dr. Sisson’s sole-authored and co-authored work has been presented at conferences such as the International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC), the National Communication Association (NCA), American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Public Relations Society of America’s Educators Academy.

Dr. Sisson’s sole-authored work has been accepted for publication in Public Relations Review. Her co-authored works have been published in the Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Public Relations Education, the American Journal of Health Education, The Library Quarterly, and Public Library Quarterly. Additionally, she co-authored book chapter in Richard Water’s Public Relations Theory and Practice in the Nonprofit Sector (2015) and sole-authored a chapter in Sandra Duhé’s New Media and Public Relations (2017).

Dr. Sisson is the chair of the AEJMC Public Relations Division's communication committee (2018-2019), the former chair of the AEJMC Public Relations Division’s social media committee (2016-2017), and an editorial board member for Journal of Public Interest Communication and Communication Research Report. She has also served as the faculty adviser for Auburn’s PRSSA & PRCA student chapter (2015-2018). Dr. Sisson enjoys running, cooking, and listening to music. She is an avid college basketball and football fan cheering for VCU basketball and both South Carolina and Auburn football.

Last Updated: August 17, 2020