My passion is exploring authentic communication as a path to knowledge, connection, and excellence. As a professor my research, writing and teaching encompasses social media, public relations, and organizational communication; more specifically how these fields are connected through concepts of authentic digital and interpersonal self presentation.
I am a faculty member in the Communication Arts Department at Union University where I teach in the Public Relations, Digital Media Studies, Journalism and Speech Communication majors, serve as the faculty advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) faculty director of our student agency, Bulldog Communication Group, and chair the university’s Faculty Development Committee. I am an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and National Communication Association (NCA). My current and past service learning partners include Habitat for Humanity, Hands UP!, Hardeman County Literacy Council, RIFA, ComeUnity Cafe, and West Tennessee Cerebral Palsy Center
My current research projects are focused on social media: digital identity, classroom pedagogy, and effects on traditional media models. I fuel these academic passions with a personal one, home roasting and brewing coffee.
I live in Jackson, Tennessee, with my husband and fellow academic, Chris Blair. We share our lives with two fantastically geeky children, affectionately referred to by our alum as the mini-Blairs. Together we enjoy travel, comic books, sci fi movies, fantastically long novels, all things Disney and German board games.
You can find me on Twitter as @afblair or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. More details are on the contact page.