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Faculty and Staff Profile

Andrew Pyle

Associate Professor

Office: Strode 415

Phone: 864-656-1567


Educational Background

Ph.D. Communication
George Mason University 2014

M.A. Applied Communication
University of Arkansas at Little Rock 2011

B.A. Communication Studies; Russian Language
Ouachita Baptist University 2009

Courses Taught

HON 2020 Civil Discourse
COMM 1800 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
COMM 2010 Introduction to Communication
COMM 3550 Principles of Public Relations
COMM 3560 Crisis Communication
COMM 3570 Public Relations Writing
COMM 4560 Public Relations for Associations and Nonprofits
COMM 4800 Intercultural Communication
COMM 4950 Capstone: Creating a Crisis Plan
COMM 4950 Capstone: Communication & Civil Discourse
COMM 8010 (Graduate) Communication Theory I
COMM 8560 Trends in Public Relations Research & Theory


Dr. Andrew S. Pyle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. He completed his PhD in Communication at George Mason University, and his MA in Applied Communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His research focuses on the intersection of crisis communication and intercultural communication. He is also interested in the ways that organizations employ social media to manage crisis communication. He also studies the scholarship of teaching and learning, seeking methods for enhancing the classroom experience for students and faculty alike. Dr. Pyle is teaching courses in the areas of Public Relations and Crisis Communication. He is an active member of the Southern States Communication Association and the Public Relations Society of America. He is also excited to tell you more about the study abroad program he has helped develop - check out the website link below to see more about the program. Starting in the summer of 2019 he and his family are also part of the faculty-in-residence program. They live in Mickel Hall (formerly Stadium Suites) on campus and work with residents to build community.

Research Interests

Intercultural Crisis Communication
Social Media and Crisis Communication
Public Relations
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Research Publications

Pyle, A. S., Morgoch, M. L., & Boatwright, B. C. (In Press). SnowedOut Atlanta: Examining Digital Emergence on Facebook during a Crisis. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. doi:10.1111/1468-5973.12274

Pyle, A. S., Fuller, R. P., & Ulmer, R. R. (In press). Discourse of Renewal: State of the discipline and a vision for the future. In H. D. O’Hair & M. J. O’Hair (Eds.), Handbook of applied communication research. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Rowan, K. E., & Pyle, A. S. (In press). Heuristics for Communicating Science, Risk, and Crisis: Encouraging Guided Inquiry in Challenging Rhetorical Situations. In D. Gruber & L. Thomas (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Language and Science. New York: Routledge.

Pyle, A. S. (2019). Fixing the SIC: Preventing and managing self-inflicted crises. In A. H. Normore, L. W. Long, & M. Javidi (Eds.), Handbook of research on strategic communication, leadership and conflict management in modern organizations. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-8516-9.ch001

Pyle, A. S., Gennett, S. P., & Linvill, D. L. (2019). Run, Hide, Fight: Leveraging Academics to Enhance Emergency Preparedness Training for Active Shooter Events. Proceedings of the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference, Volume 2 (pp. 51-53). Orlando, FL: Nicholson School of Communication. doi:10.30658/icrcc.2019.15

Pyle, A. S. (2018). Intercultural crisis communication: examining the experiences of crisis sojourners. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 46(3), 388-407. doi:10.1080/00909882.2018.1467031

Pyle, A. S., Linvill, D. L., & Gennett, S. P. (2018). From silence to condemnation: Institutional responses to Executive Order 13769. Public Relations Review. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2017.11.002

Pyle, A. S., & Boatwright, B. (2018). Coming Together Around Hashtags: Exploring the Formation of Digital Emergent Citizen Groups. The Journal of Public Interest Communications, 2(1).

Pyle, A. S. (2017). Teaching PEACE: A plan for effective crisis communication instruction. Communication Teacher. doi:10.1080/17404622.2017.1372598

Linvill, D. L., & Pyle, A. S. (2017). Inquiry-based civil discourse education. Communication Teacher, 31(4). doi:10.1080/17404622.2017.1358382

Cardwell, L. A., Williams, S. D., & Pyle, A. S. (2017). Corporate public relations dynamics: Internal vs. external stakeholders and the role of the practitioner. Public Relations Review, 43(1), 152-162. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2016.11.004

Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & Pyle, A. S. (2017). Public speaking versus hybrid introductory communication courses: Exploring four outcomes. Communication Education, 66(2). doi:10.1080/03634523.2016.1259485

Pyle, A. S. (2016). Surviving the Conflict of Self-Inflicted Organizational Crises. In A. Normore,
L. Long, & M. Javidi, (Eds.), Handbook of Effective Communication, Leadership and
Conflict Resolution.

Rowan, K. E., Pyle, A. S., & MacNeil, D. P. (2016). Preparing for the Worst: How to Use
Simulations to Enhance Skill Acquisition and Retention. Innovations in Teaching and
Learning. Fairfax, VA: Mason Publishing.

Ulmer, R. R., & Pyle, A. S. (2016). International organizational crisis communication: A simple
rules approach to managing crisis complexity. In A. Schwarz, M. W. Seeger, C. Auer
(Eds.), The Handbook of International Crisis Communication Research, 43, 108-118.

Zhao, X., Maibach, M., Gandy, J., Witte, H. J., Cullen, H., Klinger, B., Rowan, K. E., Witte, J., &
Pyle, A. S. (2013). Climate change education through TV weathercasts: Results of a field experiment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, doi 10.1175/BAMS-D-12-

Honors and Awards

2019-2020 Faculty Senator of the Year Award
2019 CBSHS Award for Excellence in Service/Outreach
2018 "Best Professor" at Clemson, Tiger Newspaper "Best of Clemson"
2018 Top Paper in the Public Relations Division at the Southern States Communication Association Conf.


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