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Kimberly Paisley

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She earned her B.S. at Bemidji State University, her M.A. at Texas Tech University, and her Ph.D. at Indiana University. Research areas include the psychological and sociological effects of media consumption. Teaching areas include electronic news, media effects, and gender and media. She has published articles in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Sex Roles, Mass Comm Review, and Southwestern Mass Communication Journal. Dr. Olson worked in radio and television news for six years as a reporter, producer, and on-air talent. She is the "voice" of the university's voice information processing system (V.I.P.) for student enrollment services. Dr. Olson currently serves as the Director of the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication.



  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA, Journalism and Mass Communication
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA, Journalism and Mass Communication
  • APR (Accredited in Public Relations) designation awarded by Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 

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  • Public Relations Campaigns
  • Public Relations Writing

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  • IABC Gold Quill Award of Excellence, “A National Dialogue on Energy Security,” 2008 (IABC is the International Association of Business Communicators)
  • PRSA Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation, “Speeches,” 2008
  • World Oil Award, “Best Outreach Program,” 2007
  • PRSA Gold Excaliber Award, “Corporate External PR Campaign,” Randall’s “Kindness for Kids” campaign, 1990 

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