Researcher

Dr. Lemon investigates the intersection between internal communication and employee engagement to better understand the employee experience. Employee engagement provides an opportunity to broaden the internal communication theoretical base and the strategy behind communication among internal audiences, often an assumed audience. Dr. Lemon’s goal is to bridge the gap between theory and practice by using research to understand the nuanced, context-based employee experience to develop employee-centric communication strategies and engagement practices.

Dr. Lemon has published several articles in academic journals including Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, The Qualitative Report, and Risk Analysis. In addition, she has authored and co-authored multiple, award-winning research papers at national and international conferences such as AEJMC, ICA and NCA.

Evidence of research excellence includes 2018 and 2017 Top Paper Award for the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association annual conferences, 2017 Top Paper Award for the Advertising Division of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, 2016 Top Paper Award for the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association annual conference, 2015 ACORN™ Presenter Commendation at the annual Corporate Communication International conference in New York City and the Top Paper Award at the University of Tennessee’s annual research symposium.

Laura Lou Lemon