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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


Dr. Gleason joined the Department of Communication in 2005 after a 30-year career as a public relations, advertising and online communication professional. He has taught a wide range of courses across the public relations curriculum, including Integrated PR Strategies (graduate), PR Campaigns, Global Advertising and BrandingMedia Law, PR For the Performing ArtsAdvertising, Design for Mass Media, Web Design, and PR Event Management, as well as the EKU Honors course Inside Contemporary Pop Music.   He is an Associate Member of the EKU Graduate Faculty and was elected to the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society in 2014.  Dr. Gleason participated as a Study Abroad faculty member in the 2018 KIIS Italy program, and will participate in the KIIS Austria program in 2019.  

His primary research focus is on technology, interactivity and online communication as they apply to mass, instructional, organizational, and interpersonal communication contexts. He is interested specifically in related areas such as public relations, international branding and advertising, instructional design, music and the performing arts, graphic design, and community journalism. 

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 was also niminated in 2017.  He was nominated by the EKU Office of Quality Enhancement Programs for the EKU Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Award in 2012, 2013, and 2015, and received a Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence from EKU University Housing in 2011.  

He received his PhD in 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 online and digital communication, international branding and 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, Dr. Gleason was Director of Worldwide Employee Communications and Special Events for Lexmark International, and was responsible for communication to 14,000 employees in more than 100 countries.  Previously, he was 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 in Lexington, KY.

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. In 2018, he released his third album of original songs, Nervous World, and previously released Last Fish Standing in 2015 and 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). 

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