Gainesville, Fla., — The Institute for Public Relations (IPR) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) have appointed Dr. Hilary Fussell Sisco, APR, to serve as Editor-in-Chief and Dr. Julie O’Neil to serve as Senior Associate Editor of the Public Relations Journal. The Public Relations Journal is a free, web-based, open-access, peer-reviewed, indexed quarterly academic journal jointly published by IPR and PRSA, offering the latest public relations and communication-based research.

Dr. Hilary Fussell Sisco

Dr. Fussell Sisco and Dr. O’Neil are two of the top academic leaders in the public relations field. Dr. Fussell Sisco is associate professor of strategic communication and chair of the strategic communication department at Quinnipiac University. Dr. O’Neil is a professor and director of the graduate program of strategic communication at Texas Christian University.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have two scholars with such an exemplary reputation in the field lead the PR Journal,” said Dr. Tina McCorkindale, APR, President & CEO, Institute for Public Relations. “Both professors are connected to the profession and can fulfill the journal’s mission to publish research that matters most to the profession.”

Dr. Julie O’Neil

“When we formed our partnership with IPR to create the industry’s leading online academic journal, we knew that we needed to find singular editorial talent to help us realize our vision, and we have done just that with the appointment of Dr. Fussell Sisco and Dr. O’Neil,” said Joseph P. Truncale, Ph.D., CEO, Public Relations Society of America. “We are very happy to welcome them to the team, and welcome the chance to work closely with them.”

Both Dr. Fussell Sisco and Dr. O’Neil have editorial experience, have published research extensively, and are active in the profession. Dr. Fussell Sisco served as the Associate Editor and then Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Public Relations Research. She has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, primarily focused on public relations in the nonprofit sector, social media, and communication. Dr. Fussell Sisco is actively involved in PRSA, including serving as former co-chair of the PRSA National Research Committee, and is on the steering committee for the Commission on Public Relations Education. She is also a member of the Arthur W. Page Society.

Dr. O’Neil has published and presented more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, proceedings and conference papers on topics ranging from donor relationships, nonprofit communication, employee communication, standards and media source credibility. She is the former co-chair of PRSA’s National Research Committee, and serves on the advisory board of the IPR Measurement Commission.

The Public Relations Journal publishes original research articles, commentaries, research-in-briefs and case studies in a variety of formats including content and articles by academics or practitioners who examine public relations in depth and/or create, test or expand public relations theory. In June 2017, PRSA and IPR relaunched the journal, combining PRSA’s former Public Relations Journal and IPR’s Research Journal of the Institute for Public Relations. A special international issue of the PR Journal will be launched in September.

About the Institute for Public Relations
The Institute for Public Relations is an independent, nonprofit research foundation dedicated to fostering greater use of research and research-based knowledge in corporate communication and the public relations practice.  IPR is dedicated to the science beneath the art of public relations™. IPR provides timely insights and applied intelligence that professionals can put to immediate use. All research, including a weekly research letter, is available for free at

About the Public Relations Society of America
PRSA is the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community.  The organization’s mission is to make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career.   PRSA achieves this by offering its members thought leadership, innovative lifelong learning opportunities to help them develop new skills, enhance their credibility and connect with a strong network of professionals.  The organization sets the standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct for the public relations industry.  PRSA collectively represents more than 30,000 members consisting of communications professionals spanning every industry sector nationwide and college and university students who encompass the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Learn more about PRSA at .


Sarah Jackson
Communications Manager
Institute for Public Relations

Rod Granger
Director, Public Relations and Communications
Public Relations Society of America