George is Accredited in Public Relation (APR) and a PRSA Fellow. With an eclectic professional background, George had worked as a radio and television journalist and freelance broadcaster at Nigerian Television Authority and Voice of America (Africa Service), a consultant for C-SPAN-TV in Washington, D.C., editor-at-large for Celebrate Your Heritage (CYH), a monthly magazine for Africans in the diaspora, and a public relations consultant, before embarking on an academic career. She was the APR Accreditation Chair for the Greater Fort Worth PRSA, and a former board member and vice chair of Ohio University Alumni Association.
George spent part of summer 2012 as a Plank Public Relations Fellow in the Corporate Communications Department at USAA, a Fortune 500 financial services company, based in San Antonio, Texas, where she also conducted a workshop on crisis communication. In fall 2012, she was a visiting associate professor of strategic communication at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, where she led tutorials on issues, risk and crisis communication.
George is the winner of three Worthy (professional PRSA) awards and an advisor to the award winning TCU Bateman (public relations) team. She received a Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at University of Texas San Antonio, the Stephen H. Coltrin Award for Excellence in Communication Education, from the International Radio and Television Society Foundation, and the Best of Texas award for her student teams at the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA) Student Case Study Competition.
George has presented papers on public relations and crisis communication at national and international conferences and has published journal articles and book chapters in the same area. She is the co-editor of two books: Case Studies in Crisis Communication: International Perspective on Hits and Misses (Routledge/Taylor Francis, 2012) and Race, Gender and Other Minorities: Readings for Professional Communicators (Cognella, 2012). She also serves as an editor for Sage Open Access (online) journal and is on the editorial board of Journal of African Communication.
George's teaching, research and consulting interests areas include public relations, corporate communication and issues management, risk and crisis communication.
B.S. Ohio University (Journalism)
M.A. Ohio University (International Affairs)
Ph.D. Ohio University (Mass Communication)