Bethany Petry, PhD
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EducationPh.D., Organizational Communication, Wayne State University, 2016
M.A, Communication Management, John Carroll University, 2007
B.A., Communication Studies/Public Relations, John Carroll University, 2005
SpecialtiesCorporate communication strategy, organizational change communication, public relations: campaign development, leadership and employee communication processes
Research and Teaching InterestsDr. Petry's scholarly expertise is in the area of corporate leadership communication – specifically those communication behaviors that transfer an executive's strategic vision throughout the ranks of large, complex organizations during times of significant, organizational change. As a scholar who primarily conducts research using quantitative methodologies, her aim has been to uncover and measure the precise leadership processes required to prompt organizational stakeholders to internalize and work in concert toward a common end. She enjoys teaching future public relations professionals who will be responsible for managing their organizations' corporate communication strategy.
Courses OfferedPrinciples of Public Relations (PUR 3000)
Public Relations Writing (PUR 3100)
Public Relations Strategy (3600)
Public Relations Research (PUR 4500)
PR Campaigns/Capstone (4800)
Org Comm Behavior (Com 3120)
PublicationsOmilion-Hodges, L. M., Baker, C. R., & Weaver-Petry, B. (2012). Understanding power in public relations in the age of digital natives and citizen journalists. PRism 9(2):
- Petry, B. &Baker, C. R.A Newly Developed Measure of the Transformational Leadership Communication Behaviors of Socially Close and Distant Leaders. Competitive paper accepted and to be presented at the National Communication Association Conference 2017 – Organizational Communication Division, Dallas, TX.
- Baker, C., Spence, P., & Weaver-Petry, B. Interviewers expected features and efficacy perceptions of the post-employment interview thank you letter. Competitive paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference 2015 – Organizational Communication Division, Las Vegas, NV.
- Petry, B. &Baker, C. R.A Network Analytic Multilevel Communication Approach to transformational Leadership and Organizational Vision integration. Competitive paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference 2014 – Organizational Communication Division, Chicago, IL.
Prior to transitioning into academia, Dr. Petry managed the corporate communication for the largest, business-to-business media company in the U.S. Upon beginning her doctoral work, she served as a graduate teaching assistant at Wayne State instructing courses in organizational communication, public speaking, business communication, and research methods. While collecting her dissertation research, Dr. Petry served as a part-time instructor at the University of Tampa, where she taught courses in public relations, organizational communication, and communication ethics.