Dr. Horsley’s research focuses on crisis and disaster communication, primarily in the public and nonprofit sectors. In 2012, she was named PR Educator of the Year by both the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF).
Dr. Horsley has volunteered with the American Red Cross since 2005 and worked in national-level disaster public affairs assignments, such as the 2009 presidential inauguration, spring floods in North Dakota, fatal flash floods in Arkansas, and deadly Alabama tornado outbreaks of April 2011. Her work during the Alabama tornado response was recognized with numerous awards, including Volunteer of the Year from the American Red Cross West Alabama Chapter, the Community Service Award from the PR Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and an Award of Excellence from the PRCA Medallion Awards.
In September 2012, Dr. Horsley was named a White House Champion of Change for her work with the American Red Cross and for her incorporation of service learning in her classes.
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