Michelle O'Malley

Michelle O'Malley

Lecturer of Journalism



About Michelle O’Malley


Michelle O’Malley is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication and teaches a range of courses in strategic communications, from advertising campaigns and account management to writing for public relations. O’Malley’s research is in educational pedagogy, social media and science communication with articles in top publications such as Journalism and Mass Communications Educator and Public Relations Review. O’Malley has advised both undergraduate and graduate research at Kansas State, University of South Dakota and Ball State University and enjoys leading students through the process. She has earned top teaching awards from Kansas State University and nominated for top teaching awards from South Dakota University.  O’Malley is the faculty advisor for Ball State’s student chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), a 40-member strong student organization. Ball State AAF participates in the National Student Advertising Competition at the District Level and consistently places among the top three performing student chapters across the country.




  • Ph.D, Mass Communications and Journalism, University of Florida, ABD
  • M.S., Agricultural and Extension Education, Michigan State University
  • B.S., Communications, Aquinas College




  • Quality Matters Certification
  • Academy for Community Leadership
  • Certification, Online Social Media Strategist


Selected Research and Publications


  • Kuban, A. J., O'Malley, M. M., Florea, L. (2015). Students' knowledge and perceived confidence in an interdisciplinary experiential-learning environment. Journal of Community Engagement in Higher Education.
  • Kelleher, T. & O’Malley, M (2006). Applying the Technology Acceptance Model to Assess Outcomes in a Globally Linked Strategic Communication Project. Journalism and Mass Communications Educator.
  • O’Malley, M. & Kelleher T. (2002). Papayas and trans-Pacific PR: Can working in geographically dispersed teams increase students’ public relations knowledge and Internet self-efficacy? Public Relations Review.
  • O’Malley, M. & Kelleher T. (2002). The biotech debate: Using the public relations classroom as a forum to assess changes in attitude. Full paper published in proceedings of the 18th annual conference of the Association of International Agricultural Extension Education.
  • Irani, T., Sinclair, J. & O’Malley, M. (2001). The importance of being accountable: The relationship between perceptions of accountability, knowledge and attitude toward plant genetic engineering. Science Communication.
  • Kelleher, T. & O’Malley, M. (2001). Two schools, two time zones, one set of PR class objectives: On asynchronous learning networks and in-class discussions. Teaching Public Relations Monograph.
  • Irani, T., Sinclair, J. & O’Malley, M. (2001). Whom do you trust? The influence of culture, gender, and geography on consumer perceptions of GMO-labeled products. Full paper published in proceedings of the 17th annual conference of the Association of International Agricultural Extension Education.
  • Irani, T., & O’Malley, M. (2000). Cognitive innovativeness as a predictor of student attitudes and intent: An application of the theory of planned behavior to technology delivered instruction. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research.


Professional Experience


  • Associate Lecturer Ball State University, Muncie, IN 2019-present
  • Instructor/Lecturer, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 2011-2019 
  • Visiting professor, University Caxias do Sol, Caxias do Sol, Rio Grande Do Sol, Brazil, summers: 2019, 2020
  • Visiting professor, Universidad de La Sabana, Bogota Colombia, May 2017
  • Visiting and Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 2007-2011
  • Visiting Professor, Middelburg Center for Transatlantic Studies, Zeeland, Netherlands, 2009 
  • Instructor and Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2000-2006
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1998-2000
  • Marketing, Design and Social Media Consultant: 
  • Polar Peonies, Fairbanks, AK 2013-present
  • South Dakota Education Association, 2010
  • Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD, 2008


Honors and Awards


  • Belbas-Larson Teaching in Excellence Award (University-wide award) nominee Spring 2011
  • Scholarship Faculty Representative, Alpha Xi Delta, Spring 2011
  • Scholarship Faculty Representative, Phi Theta Delta, Spring 2010, 2011
  • Faculty Appreciation Representative, Football 2009-2010
  • Broadcaster Education Association, Top Paper in the Student Media Advisors Division Paper Competition, Debut Section, 2009
  • National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE) Fellowship, 2009, 2012
  • PRide Award Committee, National Communication Association 2008-2009 (elected position)
  • Kansas State University Chapter, Professor of the Year, Gamma Phi Kappa, 2002
  • Top Paper in the Science Communication Division of AEJMC, Washington D.C., 2001
  • Top Paper in the Public Relations Division of AEJMC, Washington D.C., 2001
  • New Faculty Fellows Program, Kansas State University, 2001
  • Professor of the Year, Student and Housing Services, Kansas State University, 2000-2001

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Media Relations 537 810 0000 - 0000