Amy O'Connor's research asks a series of differentiated questions about the complicated relationship between CSR communication, corporate-nonprofit partnerships, and stakeholder evaluations. O'Connor's research gives primacy to the constitutive role of communication in CSR and is comprised of three interrelated areas: (1) CSR message content; (2) corporate-nonprofit partnership patterns; and (3) the message effects of CSR communication.

Her research has been published in strategic communication and management journals including Management Communication Quarterly and the Conference Board of Directors. She has received a National Science Foundation grant for her work on corporate-nonprofit partnerships.

As a teacher, O'Connor believes the classroom experience should be a collaborative, dynamic learning community where ideas and concepts are respectfully explored and all students are heard and treated with dignity. She encourages students to be energized by the diversity of opinions around them, take intellectual risks, and hone their critical thinking skills.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication, Purdue University
  • M.A.: Organizational Communication, Western Michigan University
  • B.A.: Mass Communication/Advertising, Washington State University


  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Public Relations
  • Corporate communication
  • Crisis Communication