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Faculty and Staff Profile

Angela Pratt

Assistant Professor

Office: 409 Strode Tower
Phone: 864-656-3855

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Communication and Information (Public Relations)
University of Tennessee - Knoxville 2010

M.A. Journalism and Mass Communication (Public Relations)
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 2000

B.A. Mass Communication (Print Media)
Campbell University 1998

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Communication Studies (COMM 2010)
Introduction to Communication Studies Writing Lab (COMM 2011)
Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (COMM 2110/3110)
Survey of Sports Communication (COMM 3250)
Public Relations in Sports (COMM 3260)
Sports Communication and Branding (COMM 3660)
Advanced Sports Communication (COMM 4250)
Communication in Sport Organizations (COMM 4270)
Senior Capstone (COMM 4950)
Sports Media (COMM 8270)

 Research Interests

Strategic Communication in Sport
• Public relations management of intercollegiate athletics programs
• Public relations perceptions and roles of intercollegiate athletics directors and head coaches
• Stakeholder communication in sport organizations

Gender and Sport Communication
• Role of gender in communication issues related to sport
• Perceptions, understandings and experiences of women in sport communication professions

 Research Publications

Pratt, A. N., Tadlock, M. E., Watts, L. L., Wilson, T. C., and Denham, B. E. (2018). Perceptions of credibility and likeability in broadcast commentators of women's sports. Journal of Sports Media, 13(1), 75-97. DOI:

LeCrom, C. W., & Pratt, A. N. (2017, July 7). Four factors of strong relationships: Athletic directors and presidents. AthleticDirectorU (ADU). Retrieved from

LeCrom, C. W., & Pratt, A. N. (2016). Exploring interactions between NCAA Division I athletic directors and
university presidents: A qualitative study from athletic directors’ perspectives. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 9, 200-225. DOI:

Ruihley, B. J., Pratt, A. N., & Carpenter, T. (2016). The role of public relations in college athletics: Identifying roles, tasks, and importance of public relations. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 8(1), 52-74.

Pratt, A. N. (2013). Integrated impression management in athletics: A qualitative study of how NCAA Division I athletics directors understand public relations. International Journal of Sport Communication, 6(1), 42-65.

Pratt, A. N. (2012). Institutional Failures [Review of the book Institutional Failures]. Journal of Issues in
Intercollegiate Athletics, 5, iv-v.

Sparvero, E. S., Warner, S., & Pratt, A. N. (2012). Maybe it is about the bike: The LIVESTRONG
community and Lance Armstrong allegations. Case Studies in Sport Management, 1, 1-4.