Public Relations

The Office of Public Relations at Fayetteville State University is charged with conveying the institution's mission by providing honest, timely and useful information on its educational, intellectual, service and co-curricular programs and initiatives to all its internal and external stakeholders and constituents.

News is located along the bottom of most pages on our website. To read our archived news visit FSU News. Or read our current news here.

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FSU Media Tips for Faculty and Staff

Working with the News Media
Tips for Faculty and Staff

FSU Media Policy (Approved by the Chancellor):

Fayetteville State University encourages members of its administration, faculty, and staff to speak with media representatives, particularly in instances when they can provide scholarly opinion on a topic within their areas of expertise. If a member of the media requests a response to a matter that may be deemed public record and the university employee feels uncomfortable answering the question, s/he may then direct the media representative to the Office of Public Relations at (910) 672-1474.

If contacted by the media and you can provide scholarly opinion on a topic, the following tips may assist you:

  • Identify the reporter. Write down the reporter’s name, media outlet and contact information.
  • Don’t feel rushed. If a reporter calls unexpectedly, ask to call back so you can gather your thoughts. You must respond quickly; ask how soon the reporter needs to speak with you.
  • Decide what you want to say. Before you begin, decide what two or three key points you want to make. Have an interesting fact ready to illustrate each point. Try to bring up these points even if the reporter doesn’t ask about them.
  • Provide background information. You can help the reporter — and minimize errors — by offering to provide background information. This can include material from other sources.
  • Prepare for difficult questions. Anticipate difficult questions and prepare responses to them. Never say “no comment.” Instead, explain why you can’t or won’t answer the question; for example, not my area of expertise, a personnel matter and cannot discuss, a matter protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws that protect student privacy, etc. Then, shift to a topic you are willing to discuss.
  • Give simple, direct answers. Be brief. Reporters use short quotes or sound bites. Avoid jargon and flippant or joking comments that may be taken out of context.
  • Nothing is “off the record.” Don’t say anything you don’t want in the story, even when the normal interview has ended and you seem to be just chatting.
  • Ask questions. Reporters are unlikely to let you review a story, but they may let you verify specific information or quotes.
  • Give feedback. If a reporter makes a major mistake, ask for a correction. If the mistake is minor, it may be better to let it go. Let reporters know if their stories are well done, too.

Final Note: As a general practice, reporters do not need to contact the Office of Public Relations before calling you. They do, however, want to identify the best possible individual who can help with their story. Thus, they normally contact public relations first in an attempt to identify the faculty/staff member who can best contribute to their story.

What’s News? What’s Not?

What is news?

  • An explanation that frames the world in a new way
  • Research challenging old assumptions
  • Trends, social issues, and current events
  • Stories about real people

What (usually) isn’t news?

  • Individual grants and fellowships
  • Conferences
  • Books
  • New programs, centers, institutes, etc.
  • Building dedications
  • Most academic honors and awards

For the above, many newspapers now have outlets to “mention” items that would not normally warrant a story. Continue to send the information to the public relations department and we will gladly share it with the media.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Public Relations at (910) 672-1474.


Arts and Humanities

Speaker Phone Topic
Dr. Timothy Ajani 672-1244 New English
World Languages and Cultures Language and the African Situation
African Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Humanities
The Influence of African languages on the English language
French language and cultures
Dr. Blanche Radford Curry 672-1761 Moral and Social Value Inquiry
Government & History
Dr. Sarah Frantz 672-1438 British Literature
Department of English Jane Austen
AP English
The Rise of the Novel, 1700-1900
Women Novelists
Male and Female Fashion, 1720-1830
Popular Romance Novels
Popular Literature and Culture
The National Guard Experience: On Being a Citizen Soldier
Dr. Thomas Hennessey 672-1117 American Jazz and Jazz History
Government & History Impact of the Civil War on African-American Family Life
AP History
Dr. Bertha Miller 672-1837 Marcus Garvey and the US Constitution
Office of the Chancellor Afro-American History
Dr. Gregory Sadler 672-2528 Ancient Philosophy (including Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, Neo-Platonists)
Government & History Medieval Philosophy and Theology (including Augustine, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas)
Dr. Dean Swinford 672-2425 Medieval Literature
Department of English Early Modern Literature
Science and Religion
Surrealism and Magic Realism
The Rhetoric of Urban Design
Dr. Jon Young 672-1606 Arts & Ideas in Classical Greece and Rome
Academic Affairs Arts & Ideas in the Middle Ages
AP Art
The Renaissance
Romantic Era
The Modern World
Dr. Syed M. Yunus 672-1190 Hands-on-Art: Find Your Talent by Playing with Clay
Performing & Fine Arts Art Class

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Business, Economics, and Marketing

Dr. Jacob O. Balogun 672-1951 Business Development
Accounting Department Accounting Issues
Legal Issues in Business Settings
Dr. Kimon J. Constas 672-1198 Country Risk Analysis
Department of Management Company Performance Management
Dr. Richard S. Ellis 672-1987 The Stock Market & You
Business/Marketing Education DECA in Business
Dr. Carolyn Spillers Jewell 672-1953 Professionalism in the Work Setting
Business/Marketing Education Ethics in Business
Dr. Peter O. Jonsson 672-1984 Money
Managerial Economics & Finance The Federal Reserve System
Dr. Patrick J. Larkin 672-1067 Investing for the Long-Run
Managerial Economics & Finance
Dr. Baeyong Lee 672-1488 Money and Capital Market
Managerial Economics & Finance Mortgage Market
Retirement Planning
Dr. Inder P. Nijhawan 672-1618 Demand Forecasting
Managerial Economics & Finance Global Economic Issues
Current Economic Issues and Problems
Dr. Amon Okpala 672-1594 Nigerian Economy
Managerial Economics & Finance African Economy
Dr. Assad A. Tavakoli 672-1527 Application of Quantitative
DEAN, School of Business & Economics Techniques in Health Care
Quality Management in Health Care Production & Operations Management
Application of Quantitative Methods to Business Practices
Strategic Planning
Dr. Ulysses Taylor 672-1988 Legal Issues
Accounting Department Federal and State Taxation
Dr. Abdoul Wane 672-1370 Econometric Modeling
Managerial Economics & Finance Behavioral Statistics
Error-Correction Models

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Career and Employment Advice

Dr. Richard S. Ellis 672-1987 Career & Employment Counseling
Business/Marketing Education

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Crime and Justice

Dr. David Barlow 672-1659 Law Enforcement
DEAN, College of Arts and Sciences Myths and Facts About Crime
White Collar and Corporate Crime
Race, Cultural Diversity, and Multiculturalism in Criminal Justice
History, Politics, and Economics of Crime Control Policy
Crime in the Media
War on Drugs
Criminal Justice Education and Training
Dr. Melissa Barlow 672-2484 Understanding the Causes of Crime
Criminal Justice Racism, Crime and Mass Media
The Great Prison Experiment and the War on Drugs
Building Safe Communities Through Community Justice
Dr. Gregory Sadler 672-2528 Teaching Humanities in a Maximum Security Prison
Government & History

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Dr. Annie McCullough Chavis 672-1852/
Parenting and Student Success
Department of Social Work
Dr. Blanche Radford Curry 672-1761 Parenting Skills
Government & History Multicultural Awareness
Valuing Differences
Dr. Jason D. DeSousa 672-2687 African American Male Student Success
Academic Affairs The Contemporary American College Student
Student Development Theory and Research
Dr. Cathy Kosterman 672-1184 Positive Parenting
Middle Grades, Secondary, and Special Education
Dr. Priscilla Manarino-Leggett 672-1586 Reading and Your Child
Elementary Education Helping Your Child with Writing
Shoulds & Should Nots ofHomework
Does Your Child Have a Reading Problem?
Dr. Bertha Miller 672-1837 The Use of Artifacts in Teaching
Office of the Chancellor Teaching Effectiveness
Method of Teaching the SocialSciences
The Power of Teaching
Dr. Marion Gillis-Olion 672-1003 Teacher Education: Technical Assistancein Preparation for NCATE (Accreditation)
Elementary Education Parent Education: What Parents can do to Develop Better Readers
How to Access our Child's Reading / End-of-GradeTesting
Early Childhood Education: Curriculum & Parent Involvement
Dr. Gregory Sadler 672-2528 The Usefulness of Critical Thinking, and a Few Basic Techniques
Government & History Five Ethical Theories & How to Put them to Work
Political Philosophy: What are the Recurring Questions and Debates?
Practical Reasoning: How to Clarify Your Values and Decide Means and Ends
Dr. Saundra N. Shorter 672-1538 Diversity Issues: Workshops for Teachers
Elementary Education
Ms. Teresa Thompson-Pinckney 672-1870 Academic Excellence-Passing the End of Grade Tests
GEAR UP, Special Programs Parental Involvement: The Impact on Student Success
Beyond Middle School "Preparing for High School"
Beyond High School "Preparing for College"
Maximizing Your Time - Time Management

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English and Foreign Languages

Dr. Sarah Frantz 672-1438 The Value of Studying Conservative Authors
Department of English British Literature
Dr. Brooksie Harrington 672-1931 Public Speaking and the Audience
Department of English Writing Across the Curriculum (High School,College Prep Studies)
African American Literature:The African Male as Seen in American Literature
Dr. Carolyn Spillers Jewell 672-1953 Business Communications
Business/Marketing Education Resume Writing
Dr. Joyce A. Russell 672-1589 African American Spiritual Autobiographies
Department of English African American Women's Literature
Cultural Diversity
Slave Narratives
The Maafa of the African American Holocaust
The Wisdom Literature of the Bible

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Health & Health Care Services

Ms. Mary B. Dickey, RN, MSN, EdM, CNAA, BC 672-1022 Nursing Leadership
Department of Nursing Generational Differences
Nursing as a profession
Transcultural Nursing
Dr. Todd S. Frobish 672-1206 Hippocratic What? The Declining Doctor-Parent Relationship
Department of Communication
Dr. Carolyn Spillers Jewell 672-1953 Stress Management
Business/Marketing Education
Dr. Jonas E. Okeagu 672-1656 Sickle Cell Anemia
Natural Sciences

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Information Technology

Dr. Alireza Lari 672-1249 The Role of InformationTechnology in Decision Making
Department of Management Decision Support Systems
Business Process Reengineering
Design of Information Systems

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International Topics

Dr. Kimon J. Constas 672-1198 Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean
Department of Management
Dr. Jilly M. Ngwainmbi 672-1004 Capitalism in Africa: Social Outcomes
Social Sciences

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Dr. Blanche Radford Curry 672-1761 Women as Leaders
Government & History
Dr. Todd Frobish 672-1206 Successful Public Speaking
Department of Communication Managing Communication Anxiety
Building Identity: Trust and Credibility
Dr. Brooksie Harrington 672-1931 Public Speaking and the Audience
Department of English

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Motivational Talks

Dr. Jilly M. Ngwainmbi 672-1004 Success and Deviance inAmerica
Social Sciences
Ms. Teresa Thompson-Pinckney 672-1870 Me, Myself & I - "Motivation Within Yourself"
GEAR UP, Special Programs Raising Academics to the Next Level

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Quality Management

Dr. Alireza Lari 672-1249 Standards of Quality including ISO9000, QS9000, ISO14000
Department of Management

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Dr. Muhammad Lodhi 672-1658 Contribution of Muslim Scientists to the Modern Science and Education
Natural Sciences
Dr. Gregory Sadler 672-2528 20th Century Christian Thought
Government & History The Wisdom Literature of the Bible
Canonical and Non-canonical Gospel Literature
Christian Denominations in the USA and Worldwide

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Science and Technology

Dr. Ronald A. Johnston 672-1650 The Planets and Their Characteristics
Natural Sciences Impact Catering
Meteors and Meteorites
Changing Science and Math Instructional Styles
(Other topics in the broad area of the Earth and Space Sciences)
Dr. Booker Juma 672-1685 Chemistry and the Environment
Natural Sciences Chemical Safety and Hazards
Careers in Chemistry
AP Chemistry
Dr. Jianshi Wu 672-1926 Black Holes in the Sky
Natural Sciences Mystery Source in theUniverse
Cosmic Ray Studies
Discovery of Top Quarks
Dr. Jonas E. Okeagu 672-1656 Mechanism of Microbial Resistance to Antibiotics
Natural Sciences
Dr. Muhammad Lodhi 672-1658 Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Stem Cells
Natural Sciences Human Genome: What's in it for us?

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Social Issues

Dr. Annie McCullough Chavis 672-1852/
Careers in Social Work
Department of Social Work Genogram Construction and Assessment with families
Intergenerational Genograms and African American families
Cultural & Historical Perspective of the African American family
Understanding & Working with African American families / families (general)
Cultural Diversity
African American History
Dr. Blanche Radford Curry 672-1761 Race, Class, and Gender
Government & History African-American Women in the 21st Century
Dr. Sarah Frantz 672-1438 Gender and Sexuality Studies
Department of English
Dr. Todd S. Frobish 672-1206 Cybersociety and Cyber Woes - Dangers in the Age of the Internet
Department of Communication
Dr. Bertha Miller 672-1837 Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man of Peace
Office of the Chancellor Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. Dubois: Freedom Fighters
The Role of Black Women in the Struggle for Freedom
Dr. Jilly M. Ngwainmbi 672-1004 Race, Ethnicity, and Minority Status in America
Social Sciences
Dr. Gregory Sadler 672-2528 Psychological and Philosophical Theories of Anger
Government & History
Dr. Saundra N. Shorter 672-1538 Topics in Black History
Elementary Education
Ms. Teresa Thompson-Pinckney 672-1870 Malcolm X and Social Inequality
GEAR UP, Special Programs Social Inequality: The Impact on African-American Children

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Dr. Brooksie Harrington 672-1931 Personal Experience Narrative (PEN) (Grades K -12)
Department of English Personal Experience Narrative (PEN) (Grades K-3 - Show & Tell)

Workshop for teachers on Gathering Stories and Using them as a writing component in the classroom

Social Media

Social media refers to online tools and services that allow any Internet user to create, publish and share content. The "social" in social media results from individual users connecting with one another through these channels and forming online communities where they share information and knowledge and offer one another support and networking opportunities. Social media facilitates the sharing of content. Social media expands the reach of your core message and enables others to pass it along to their friends and networks. Popular social media sites include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Snap Chat, blogs and LinkedIn.

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