Specializing in strategic management and conflict resolution in public relations, Ken Plowman earned a doctorate in journalism from the University of Maryland and is now an associate professor of communications at BYU. Prior to Maryland, Plowman spent 15 years in the field of public relations. About half that time was spent on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He then lobbied at the state, local and federal levels for a government affairs agency, specializing in environmental issues. Plowman’s career in public relations has followed a dual track, the other one being in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has served as a commander of two public affairs detachments.
He teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including public relations writing, campaigns, persuasion, communication management, integrated communications, and negotiation. In addition to his doctorate, Plowman has a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s in communications from BYU. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Christopher Wilson received a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Florida (2014). He received an M.A. (2009) in mass communications and a B.A. (1999) in communications from Brigham Young University. Wilson worked as a public relations professional for 12 years. From 1999 through 2004, he worked in a variety of public relations capacities for West Valley City, Utah’s second-largest city. From 2004 to 2011, he worked as the public relations manager for the BYU Museum of Art, the best-attended university art museum in North America. Wilson has taught the introduction to public relations and public relations writing and production courses. His research interests focus on public relations management and strategy.
He has published in the Journal of Public Relations Education, the Journal of Communication Management, Public Relations Review, and the Public Relations Journal. He has won top paper awards for his research from the International Institute for Public Relations Research Conference and the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication.