Matthew S. VanDyke

Graduate Part-Time Instructor
M.A. Virginia Tech, 2012
Phone: +1.806.834.
Office: 711
Office Hours: By Appointment
Web:  http://
  • PR 4312: Public Relations Campaigns
  • MCOM 4301: Media Insights
  • PR 4301: Issues Management
  • MCOM 3310: Professional Communication Lab

Specialized training: 
My research investigates processes and issues related to the public communication of environment, science, and risk. My research aims to inform strategic communication theory, communication best practices, and effective message design strategies.

My secondary line of research examines the role of public relations in environmental/science communication. For example, current projects examine: (1) perceptions of environmental organizations ' issues management practices, and (2) government science agencies' and science communication practitioners ' public communication strategies.

  • Graduate Intern, PlayScience/PlayCollective, New York, NY (Summer 2014)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant at Virginia Tech (2010-2012)

Leadership / awards:
  • Top Graduate Student Paper, Advertising Division, AEJMC (2014)
  • Graduate Student Liaison, Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division of AEJMC (2013 - Present)
  • Hutcheson Graduate Fellowship (2013 - 2015)
  • AT&T Chancellor 's Fellow (2012 - Present)
  • Helen Devitt Jones Graduate Fellowship (2012 - 2013)

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