Dr. Juan Meng

Director ADPR Choose China Maymester Program, Associate Professor, Public Relations

About: Dr. Meng’s teaching areas include public relations campaigns, research, management, and global PR. Her research focuses on leadership in public relations, measurement, trust, employee engagement, and reputation management. Dr. Meng also founded and directs UGA’s ADPR Choose China study abroad program.

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Education

Ph.D., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
M.S., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
M.A., Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
B.S., Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Meng’s current research focuses on leadership in public relations, talent management and leadership development, trust in reputation management, and organizational culture and employee engagement. Dr. Meng has received more than $190,000 in funding grants to support her research in the past six years. She has published her research in leading scholarly journals such as Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Journal of World Business, Journal of Communication Management, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Journal of Promotion Management, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, among others. She has also contributed chapters to the SAGE Handbook of Public Relations and the Handbook of Communication and Corporate Reputation. Meng is the co-editor of the scholarly book, Public Relations Leaders as Sensemakers: A Global Study of Leadership in Public Relations and Communication Management. (Web link to the book: https://www.routledge.com/Public-Relations-Leaders-as-Sensemakers-A-Global-Study-of-Leadership-in/Berger-Meng/p/book/9780415710923)

Meng is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the International Communication Association (ICA), and the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS). She also serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Public Relations Research and as reviewer for most leading communication, public relations, marketing, and management journals and conferences.

Can Google Analytics Certification Cultivate PR students’ competency in digital analytics? A longitudinal pedagogical research Yan Jin, Solyee Kim, Yen-I Lee & Juan Meng

Abstract: This longitudinal pedagogical research investigates students’ perceptions and learning outcomes by integrating web and social analytics-based learning activities (i.e., Google Analytics courses and certification test) into Public Relations Research course design. Results from the pre-test before introducing the analytics learning assignment confirmed that students’ knowledge on web and social analytics is low but their […]

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The impact of organizational culture and leadership performance on PR professionals’ job satisfaction: Testing the joint mediating effects of engagement and trust Juan Meng

Abstract: The study examines the impact of critical organizational factors (organizational culture and excellent leader performance) on public relations professionals’ overall job satisfaction by focusing on testing the joint mediating effects job engagement and trust could generate. A national online survey of 838 public relations professionals working in a variety of organizations was used as […]

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Maximizing the potential of millennial communication professionals in the workplace: A talent management approach in the field of strategic communication Juan Meng

Abstract: Although millennials have been extensively examined in the popular and academic literature, there have not been sufficient studies in strategic communication that help us fully understand this unique and influential cohort in the communication profession. The purpose of this research is to take a talent management approach to gain a deep understanding of millennial […]

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Maximizing the potential of millennial communication professionals in the workplace: A talent management approach in the field of strategic communication Juan Meng

Abstract: Although millennials have been extensively examined in the popular and academic literature, there have not been sufficient studies in strategic communication that help us fully understand this unique and influential cohort in the communication profession. The purpose of this research is to take a talent management approach to gain a deep understanding of millennial […]

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Teaching Specialties

Dr. Meng’s teaching areas include public relations campaigns, management, research, global PR, integrated communications, and persuasion. Dr. Meng is also the founding director of UGA’s ADPR Choose China study abroad program. She leads the program since 2013 and takes students to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong to learning global advertising and public relations in every Maymester. To know more about the program, please visit the program’s website: http://china-studyabroad.uga.edu

Experience

Prior to moving to the United States, she practiced communication in Shanghai for a few years, including being a journalist and editor at the Shanghai TV Network, correspondent in Xinhua News Agency (Shanghai Bureau), media relations specialist in Shanghai Media Group (SMG), and other strategic communication & marketing consulting service for various organizations. Before joining the faculty at Georgia, she was faculty at the University of Dayton and Oklahoma State University.

Awards and Fellowships

Dr. Meng has received multiple awards for teaching and research in public relations, including the Wilcox Award for Best Teaching Paper from AEJMC, the Red Raider Award from the Institute for Public Relations (IPR), and several top research paper awards from AEJMC, ICA and IPR.

Plank Scholar, the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations
Fellow, 2013-2014 UGA Teaching Academy Fellowship Program
Fellow, 2015-2016 UGA Service-Learning Fellowship Program

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Gender differences deepen, leader-employee gap remains in 2017 ‘Report Card on PR Leaders’

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Study shows sharp differences between millennial communication professionals and their managers

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"Study: Generation gap could advance PR industry" via UGA Columns

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"A talent management ecosystem that works: From personalizing to contextualizing" via Institute for Public Relations

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"Study: Why millennials should be taken seriously in the PR workforce" via PRWeek

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"New Plank Center and IPR study reveals sharp differences between millennial communication professionals and their managers in perceptions of workplace factors, values and attributes" via Institute for Public Relations

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"Millennial communication professionals in the workplace" via Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations

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"PR Leaders are Pretty Average | Plank Center Report Card 2017" via Institute for Public Relations

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"Report: New study highlights PR's deficiencies" via Ragan.com

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"PR leaders’ grades slide on Plank Center’s 2017 'Report Card' " via Agility PR Solutions

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"Planck Center: Male vs. female perception gap of PR is widening" via PR Week

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"Gender Differences Deepen, Leader-Employee Gap Remains and Grades Slide In Plank Center Report Card 2017 on PR Leaders" via The Planck Center

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