Researcher

Dr. Lemon’s research focuses on public relations, internal communication, employee engagement and social media, bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Her qualitative dissertation examined employee engagement from the employees’ perspective to better understand how employees reconstruct employee engagement experiences and the role of internal communication in the meaning-making process.

Employee engagement provides an opportunity to broaden the internal communication theoretical base and the strategy behind communication among internal audiences.

Dr. Lemon has published in Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, The Qualitative Report, and Risk Analysis with several other manuscripts revised and resubmitted to other journals. In addition, she has authored and co-authored multiple research papers at national and international conferences such as AEJMC, ICA and NCA.

Evidence of research excellence includes 2017 Top Paper Award for the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association annual conference, 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