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EIU Master of Arts in Communication Studies

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Dr. Claudia Janssen Danyi, Associate Professor/Director of the B.A. in Public Relations

Office: 2544 - Buzzard Hall
Phone: 217-581-6003

Office hours for Fall 2022: Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

CMN 2920 Introduction to Public Relations                                                                                                                          CMN 3960 Public Relations Writing                                                                                                                                      CMN 3980 Strategic Social Media Communication                                                                                                                CMN 4030A Special Topics in Public Relations: Social Media Campaigns
CMN 4920 Public Relations Case Studies and Theories 
CMN 4921B Seminar in Public Relations: Social Media Management                                                                                      CMN 5015 Communication Ethics                                                                                                                                      CMN/ENG 5260 Communication in Technical and Scientific Organizations
CMN 5720 Special Topics in Public Relations: Crisis Communication and Activist PR
CMN 5700 Public Relations


Ph.D., Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, 2011

M.A. Technichal University Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig, Germany, 2006

Selected Publications

Janssen Danyi, C.I. & Gronnvoll, M. (2020). The Heavy Heart of a Soldier: Apology as Resistance. In L. Villadsen & J. Edwards, The Rhetoric of Official Apologies: Critical Essays. Lexington.

Janssen Danyi, C.I. (2019). Case Study of Organizational Crisis Communication: Oxfam responds to Sexual Harassment and Abuse Scandal. In J. Servas, Handbook of Communication for Development and Social Change. Springer.

Janssen Danyi, C.I. & Chaudhri, V. (2019). Strategic social media management for NGOs. In J. Servas, Handbook of communication for development and social change. Springer. 

Fähnrich, B., Janssen Danyi, C.I. & Nothhaft, H. (2015). The German plagiarism crisis: Defending and explaining the workings of scholarship on the front stage. Journal of Communication Management, 19(1), pg. 20-38.

Janssen Danyi,  C.I.  (2015).  Kommunikationsmanagement  (Communication  Management). In: R. Stober& N. Orthmann (Eds.). Compliance: Handbuch für die öffentliche Verwaltung. Kohlhammer: Stuttgart.

Janssen Danyi, C.I.(2014). Kommunikative Herausforderungen an die Sicherheitswirtschaft: Legitimierung, Reputation und Krisenkommunikation.(Communicative challenges for the security industry: Legitimation, reputation and crisis communication). R. Stober (ed.). Jahrbuch der Sicherheitswirtschaft 2013. Hamburg, Verlag Dr.Kovacs.

Janssen, C. I. (2013). Corporate historical responsibility (CHR): Addressing a past of forced labor at Volkswagen. Journal of Applied Communication Research. 

Fähnrich, B. & Janssen, C. I. (2013). Kommunikative Herausforderungen in der akademischen Weiterbildung (Communicative Challenges in Professional Education). In E.Cendon, R.Grassl, A.Pellert (Eds.):Vom Lehren zum lebenslangen LernenFormate Akademischer Weiterbildung (135--146). Münster, Waxmann Verlag.

Janssen,C.I.(2013).‘Es tut uns leid‘ - Unternehmensentschuldigungen in der Krisenkommunikation (We are sorry: Corporate Apologies in Crisis Communication).Pressesprecher, 7, p.48-­‐49.

Janssen, C.I. (2013). A journey to justice: Confronting a dark corporate past presents ethical and public relations dilemmas to communicators. Communication Director, 2, pg.64-67.

Janssen, C.I. (2012). Addressing corporate ties to slavery: Corporate apologia in a discourse of reconciliation. Communication Studies 63 (1), pg. 18-35.

Jensen, R. E., Doss, E., Janssen, C. I., & Bower, S. (2010). Theorizing the transcendent persona: Amelia Earhart's vision in The Fun of It. Communication Theory, 20(1), pg. 1-20.

Selected Conference Presentations

Janssen Danyi, C.I. & Jenne, A. (2014, November). Resisiting corporate apologia: Understanding Gruenenthal’s failed mea culpa to the victims of thalidomide. Competitively selected paper  presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (NCA), Chicago.
Fähnrich, B., Janssen, C.I., & Nothhaft, H. (2013, October). The German plagiarism crisis: Defending and explaining the workings of scholarship on the front stage. *Top 3 paper presented at the annual convention of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA), Barcelona, Spain.
Yeyha, N., Chaudri, V., & Janssen, C.I. (2013, September). (Re)conceptualizing the role of the individual: Making sense of citizenship identity(s). Competitively selected paper presented at the 2. CSR Conference, Copenhagen, Dänemark.
Janssen, C.I. (2013, June). Activist struggles for reparations: Does litigation undermine the potential of reconciliation? Invited paper presented at the annual convention of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Dublin, Ireland.
Janssen, C.I. (2013, June). Toward a CSR approach to crisis communication. Competitively selected paper presented at the ICA Preconference “Dialogue and stakeholder engagement:  CSR Communication,” London, United Kingdom.
Janssen, C.I. (2013, June). Revisiting corporate apology in crisis communication. A matter of dialogue, negotiation, and relationship restoration. Competitively selected paper presented at the ICA Preconference “Dialogue and stakeholder engagement: Challenging public relations and organizational communication research, practice and impact,” Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Janssen, C.I. (2013, March). Kommunikative Herausforderungen an Unternehmen in der Sicherheitswirtschaft (Communicative challenges for the security sector). Opening talk delivered at the FORSI Sicherheitswirtschaftstag at the Free University Berlin. 
Janssen, C.I. (2012, November). Toward a social knowledge approach to the rhetorical crisis situation. Invited paper presented at the conference „Rhetoric and Crisis Communication“ Crisis Communication Research Center, Örebrö University, Schweden.

Janssen, C.I. (2012, March). Public relations and history: The strategic use of USPS’s past within present discourses about its default. Invited paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Cleveland, OH.

Funding & Grants

CFR Grant 2015/2016
Redden Grant 2015
Redden Grant 2016
Redden Grant 2017

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Angela S. Jacobs, Ph.D.
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Buzzard 2419

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