Phyllis Larsen, a professor of practice with the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaches public relations and other integrated marketing communication courses in the classroom, online and study abroad. She is a communication consultant and workshop presenter, specializing in non-profit organizations, with more than 25 years experience as a communications professional. Larsen served as the UNL's director of public relations from 1993 to 2000, supervising a 25-person staff responsible for crisis communication and institutional reputation management, among other communications functions.
Dane Kiambi, an assistant professor of public relations in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, has a keen interest in the role and impact of public relations and strategic communications in fostering democracy, good governance, economic growth and healthy lifestyles, particularly in the developing world. A native of Kenya, Kiambi is a former news reporter and media executive in Nairobi. His research interests are in reputation management, crisis communication, international communication and health communication.