UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Each year, the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication funds a select group of research projects through its Page / Johnson Legacy Scholar Fellowship program. For its 2019 call, the center is seeking research proposals that will contribute to academic and public understanding of advocacy communications and stories in public communications.

Visit the 2019 Call for Proposals page for more information on the two calls. Application documents must be submitted electronically by January 15, 2019. Fellows will be notified of the selection committee’s decisions by March 15, 2019. Although the areas of interest differ from year to year, the Center aims to support research that fosters an understanding of the Principles page and the Johnson & Johnson Creed, two philosophies that promote ethical decision-making in public relations.

Call for proposals: Advocacy communications

Call leader: Colleen Connolly-Ahern, Associate Professor of Advertising / Public Relations and Senior Research Fellow at Page Center

This call aims to seek original research in all areas of advocacy communication including, but not limited to:

  • Production
  • Content
  • Media
  • Public opinion
  • Effects
  • Methodological innovations

All areas of advocacy will be considered, but the areas of public health and social justice will be prioritized, especially studies focused on behavior change and social mobilization focused on communication. Research can focus on communications both in the digital space and in traditional media.

Click here for instructions on submitting a proposal.

Call for proposals: stories in public communication

Leading the call: Fuyuan Shen, professor of advertising / public relations at Penn State, and Heidi Hatfield Edwards, professor of mass communication at the Florida Institute of Technology

This call aims to seek original research in all areas of storytelling in public communications, including, but not limited to:

  • Uses of stories in corporate and nonprofit communications
  • Effects of stories in crisis and reputation management
  • Analysis of narrative uses in public communications
  • Implications of narrative use in political communication
  • Use of stories and their impact in scientific and sustainable communication
  • Intercultural studies of the uses and influences of narratives in public communications
  • Moral, Legal and Ethical Implications of Narrative Use in Communications
  • Journalistic use of stories and their implications
  • Narrative use and impact case studies
  • Social media, stories and public communications
  • Conceptual and critical reviews of narratives in the fields of public communication

Click here for instructions on submitting a proposal.

Last updated on October 02, 2018