Dr. Diana Martinelli


Dr. Diana Martinelli is the Widmeyer Professor in Public Relations and Dean of the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University (WVU).

Diana has nearly 15 years of professional public relations and communications work in broadcasting, health care and national government programs and a decade in higher education administration.

She serves on the editorial review boards of several leading academic journals – and has held national committee and/or officer positions in the Public Relations Society of America, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Accrediting Committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

She has received university-wide teaching awards at WVU and Ohio University, where she began her academic career, and the national AEJMC Mass Communication and Society Educator Award.

Diana’s research explores health communication, women’s role in public relations, and her most recent publication—funded through a research grant from The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations—examined the concept of moral entrepreneurship in public relations. She is co-editor of the PR textbook Cases in Public Relations Strategy and has secured or been part of grant projects totaling more than $1.5 million.

Diana joined The Plank Center Board of Advisors in 2012.

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