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Dr. Jim Gleason APR

Jim Gleason
  • Associate Professor
  • PhD, University of Kentucky 2010

Bio  •  Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Department: Communication
  • Office: Combs 313
  • Mailing Address: Combs 317
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859-622-1886
  • Web Page: Personal page
  • Expert Areas: Public Relations


James P. Gleason joined the Department of Communication in 2005 after a 30-year career as a public relations, advertising and new media professional. He currently teaches courses in public relations, advertising, graphics and special events. He received the 2012 Most Outstanding, Distinguished Educational Leadership (DEL) Award, the highest of the four teaching awards given annually by EKU’s Student Government Association, and a 2011 Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence from EKU University Housing. 

He received his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Kentucky in 2010. His dissertation research involves the development of Outcome Interactivity Theory and the impact of interactive functionality on student learning outcomes. His research interests include new media, advertising, public relations and instructional design.

He received his BA in Education and MS in Educational Media from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz.

Prior to joining EKU, he was director of worldwide employee communications and special events for Lexmark, founder and president of Buzzword, Inc., and vice president of communications at Meridian Communications. He is Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is past president of their Thoroughbred Chapter.

Dr. Gleason is also an accomplished musician and currently plays lead guitar for The Johnson Brothers Band and The Sons of the Frigidaires, as well as stunt guitar for his wife Missy's band, The Bats. He recently released his second original album, Last Fish Standing, and released Deconstruction Ahead in 2012. In addition, he is a founding board member of the Lexington Area Music Alliance (LAMA), and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He has performed with members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Elvis' drummer DJ Fontana), Country Music Hall of Fame (The Gatlin Brothers), International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame (JD Crowe), Kentucky Music Hall of Fame (JP Pennington of Exile) and Major League Baseball Hall of Fame (Johnny Bench). 


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
BEM 405Media LawTR 12:30pm-1:45pm Combs Building 307Spring 2018
PUB 320Design for Mass MediaTR 11:00am-12:15pm Combs Building 323ASpring 2018
PUB 415SPUB Relations in Perform ArtsTR 3:30pm-4:45pm Combs Building 309Spring 2018
PUB 491Senior Seminar in PRT 9:30am-10:45am Combs Building 309Spring 2018
PUB 499Ind Study: Mus Ind & Piracy   Spring 2018
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