Plank Scholars


Plank Scholars are a significant and valuable resource for The Plank Center. They bring rich academic credentials, strong teaching and research portfolios, and outstanding reputations to the table. They represent the Center in the classroom, at conferences, in presentations and publications, and through their interactions with a variety of external publics.

Dr. Kenon Brown, University of Alabama

Susan Daria, University of Alabama

Dr. Elina Erzikova, Central Michigan University

Dr. Bill Gonzenbach, University of Alabama

Teri Henley, University of Alabama

Dr. Suzanne Horsley, University of Alabama

Dr. Eyun-Jung Ki, University of Alabama

Dr. Meg Lamme, University of Alabama

Dr. Rita Men, University of Florida

Dr. Juan Meng, University of Georgia

Tracy Sims, University of Alabama

Dr. Ansgar Zerfass, University of Leipzig

Our Mission

The Plank Center’s mission is to help develop and recognize outstanding diverse public relations leaders, role models and mentors to advance ethical public relations in an evolving, global society. The Center works to achieve its mission by:

Advancing knowledge of leadership values and skills in the profession;

Supporting research, teaching, service, and professional educational efforts that help develop diverse, responsible and trustworthy leaders;

Bridging the interests and vision of the practice and education; and

Collaborating with other groups and associations to nurture the ethical and effective practice of public relations.