Faculty Profile for Dr. Nandini Bhalla

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Dr. Nandini Bhalla
Assistant Professor — School of Jrnlism & Mass Comm
Lampasas #207
phone: (512) 245-2656

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Born and brought up in Delhi, India, Dr. Bhalla earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina. Prior to earning her Ph.D., she earned a BSc. (H) Chemistry from the University of Delhi, MA in Mass Communication from Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi, and Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication with a specialization in PR from Indira Gandhi National Open University, also in Delhi. She has seven years of experience in media and communications in India. She has worked as both- a journalist and public relations consultant in government as well as private organizations in India.

Teaching Interests


- Advanced PR writing
- PR research and theories
- Diversity in PR
- International PR

Research Interests

Dr. Bhalla performs research in strategic communication with a focus on international communication and corporate social responsibility with an emphasis on social issues such as diversity and environmental activism. She is a Page Legacy Scholar and has presented over 25 peer-reviewed conference papers. She has received multiple awards for her research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Educators Academy, and National Communication Association (NCA).

In 2018, Dr. Bhalla was selected for the Inez Kaiser Graduate Students of Color Award from the Public Relations Division of AEJMC, the 2018 Moeller Student Competition Award from the Mass Comm & Society division, two Top Paper awards with the Magazine Division, Kappa Tau Alpha, and the Visual Communications Division, and the 2018 Peter Debreceny Corporate Communication Award at IPRRC. She also earned two highly competitive grants to support her dissertation on environmental issues and CSR: one from the University of South Carolina (2018), and a Page Legacy Scholar Grant from the Arthur W. Page Center (2018).

In 2020, Dr. Bhalla was selected for Doug Newsom Award for Global Ethics and Diversity from the Public Relations Division of AEJMC, the 2020 American University Top Diversity & Inclusion Award from PRSA Educators Academy, and the 2020 NCA Spiritual Communication Top Book Chapter Award.

Her research has appeared in various journals including Public Relations Review, International Journal of Strategic Communication, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication Inquiry, and Corporate Communications: An International Journal.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Bhalla, N., & Overton, H. (2019). Examining cultural impacts on consumers’ environmental CSR outcomes. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 24(3).
  • Bhalla, N., O’Boyle, J., & Haun, D. (2019). Who Is Responsible for Delhi Air Pollution? Indian Newspapers’ Framing of Causes and Solutions. International Journal of Communication, 13.
  • Bhalla, N. (2019). Online Meditation, Yoga, and Rising Interest in Eastern Philosophy. In Religion Online: How the Internet, Social Networks, and Mobil Devices Are Changing the Way We Worship and Pray. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • Kim, Y., & Bhalla. (2021). Can SMEs in the food industry expect competitive advantages from proactive CSR when CSR trade-offs exist? The impact of CSR level and price on consumer-company identification and consumer responses. Corporate Communications: An International Journal.
  • Bowen, S., & Bhalla, N. (2021). Ethical Theories and Public Relations: Global Issues and Challenges. In Public Relations. Vol. 27, Handbook of Communication Science series. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Top Book Chapter Award, Spiritual Communication division, National Communication Association. November 2020 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: American University Top Diversity & Inclusion Award, PRSA Educators Academy (virtual). October 2020 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Doug Newsom Award for Global Ethics and Diversity, Public Relations Division, AEJMC Annual Conference, San Francisco (virtual), CA. August 2020 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Bryce Rucker Excellence in Graduate Student Research, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, The University of South Carolina. May 2019 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Inez Kaiser Award, AEJMC Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. August 2018 - Present

Selected Grants

  • Bhalla, Nandini. AEJMC Graduate Student Travel Grant, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $800. (Funded: 2018). Grant.
  • Bhalla, Nandini (Principal). Community Based Learning (CBL), Washington and Lee University, Institutional (Higher Ed), $2000. (Funded: August 2020 - July 2021). Grant.
  • Bhalla, Nandini (Principal). Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity (SPARC) Graduate Research Grant, University of South Carolina, Institutional (Higher Ed), $4011. (Funded: 2018 - 2019). Grant.
  • Bhalla, Nandini (Principal). Page Legacy Scholar Grant from the Arthur W. Page Center, Arthur W. Page Center at Penn State University, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $2377. (Funded: 2018 - 2019). Grant.
  • Bhalla, Nandini. Travel Grant for ICA conference, University of South Carolina, Institutional (Higher Ed), $500. (Funded: 2019). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
Environmental Politics Journal
2021-Present
Member
Strategic Communication Research Group, Penn State University
September 2021-2022
Editorial Review Board Member
Public Relations Journal by Institute of PR
January 2021-2022
Vice President
Social Media Committee, Public Relations Division, AEJMC
August 2021-July 2022
Reviewer / Referee
Journal of Communication Technology
2020-2021