“I have hated words, and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” --Markus Zusak
Alyssa Grace Sloan
Associate Professor & Program Director of Communication
School of Applied Science and Technology
I am Alyssa Sloan, Ph.D. I love what I teach because communication is practical and relevant to our everyday lives. Humanity's unique capacity for communication grants us privilege and power. Communication---it all its forms---offers us the opportunity to question, learn, challenge, teach, and share.
I began teaching at King University in 2011. Developing the Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) communication program at the Knoxville campus and online has been a rewarding challenge. The students involved in King's communication program are among the smartest, sincerest, and most dedicated students I have ever had the pleasure of knowing!
Though I love the discipline of communication, my interests do extend beyond class discussion and research articles. I enjoy reading, hiking, and cycling. I love spending time with my husband---including new adventures, home renovations, boring tasks, and especially mellow evenings on the back porch.
- PhD in Crisis Communication | University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY
- MA in Applied Communication | University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Little Rock, AR
- BA in Speech Communication | University of Central Arkansas | Conway, AR
I began my educational career with a degree in communication from the University of Central Arkansas. Soon thereafter, I earned a masters in applied communication. Then I focused my interests in crisis communication while earning my doctorate in communication.
Recent Publications and Presentations
Peer-reviewed Journal Publications [Note: Maiden name is Millner]
- Sloan, A.G. & Knowles, A.L. (2017). Patient engagement: Qualitative narratives illustrate patient engagement behaviors Journal of Communication in Healthcare.
- Veil, S. R., Dillingham, L. L., & Sloan, A. G. (2016). Fencing out the Jones’s: The development of response strategies for spillover crises. Corporate Reputation Review.
- Sloan, A.G. & Knowles, A.L. (2013). Improving Communication Between Healthcare Providers and Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study. Journal of Communication in Healthcare.
- Anthony, K.E., Sellnow, T.L, & Millner, A.G. (2013). Message convergence as a message-centered approach to analyzing and improving risk communication. Journal of Applied Communication Research.
- Millner, A.G., Veil, S. R., & Sellnow, T. L. (2011). Proxy communication in crisis response. Public Relations Review.
Book Chapter or Essay Publications [Note: Maiden name is Millner]
- Seeger, M.W., Sloan, A.G., & Sellnow, T.L. (2016). Crisis communication in the United States. In A. Schwarz, M.W. Seeger, & C. Auer (Eds.), Handbook of International Crisis Communication.
- Sloan, A.G. & Anthony, K.E. (2015). Between a rock and a hard place. In M. Ramsey (Ed.) Issues of culture and conflict: Case studies in organizational communication.
- Millner, A.G. (2015). Sample informative speech with presentational aids: College student volunteering and civic engagement. In R.F. Verderber, D.D. Sellnow, & K.S. Verderber (Eds.), The challenge of effective speaking in a digital age.
- Millner, A.G. (2013). Credibility. In K.B. Penuel, M. Statler, R. Hagen, Encyclopedia of crisis management. (Vols 1-2).
- Millner, A.G. (2013). Food security. In K.B. Penuel, M. Statler, R. Hagen, Encyclopedia of crisis management. (Vols 1-2).
- Millner, A.G. & Sellnow, T.L. (2012). Silence in the turmoil of crisis: Peanut Corporation of America’s response to its sweeping salmonella outbreak. In S.K. May (Eds.), Case studies in organizational communication: Ethical perspectives and practices, published (2nd ed.).
- Millner, A.G. & Price, R.D. (2012). Chapter three: Ethics in public speaking. Project funded by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education: http://publicspeakingproject.org/
- Millner, A.G. (2012). Informative speech with presentational aids: College student volunteering and civic engagement. In R.F. Verderber, D.D. Sellnow, & K.S. Verderber (Eds.), The challenge of effective speaking (15th ed.)
- Sloan, A.G. (2016, September 5). Dr. Alyssa Sloan: Importance of communication cannot be overstated. Greater Knoxville Business Journal.
Competitive Paper/ Panel Presentations [Note: Maiden name is Millner]
- Sloan, A.G. (2016, November). Panel: The senior portfolio as an assessment tool: Students’ perceptions and evidence of what they have achieved. Portfolio assessment experience explored at the 102th NCA Conference.
- Sloan, A.G. (2016, November). Research in progress: Cancer patients reveal communication best practices. Research presented at the 102th NCA Conference.
- Veil, S. R., Dillingham, L. L., & Sloan, A. G. (2016, March). Reputational interdependence and public relations strategies in a spillover crisis. Paper presented at the International Public Relations Research Conference.
- Millner, A.G. (2012, November). Ethics and communicating about ethics at MEO. Paper presented at the 98th NCA Conference.
- Millner, A.G. (2011, November). The role of proxy communicators in the peanut paste contamination: A voice in food crisis discourse. Paper presented at the 97th NCA Conference.
- Millner, A.G. (2010, November). Research in progress: The role of a proxy communicator during crises. Paper presented at the 96th NCA Conference.
- Anthony, K.E., Millner, A.G., & Petrun, E. (2009, November). Challenges and opportunities for timely crisis communication via television coverage. Paper presented at the 95th NCA Conference.
Additionally, Topically Relevant Invited Presentations at Local Non-profits, Chambers, Associations, etc.
My current research is a collaborative project with Dr. Amy Knowles (Department of Nursing, King University) focusing on the communicative practices of healthcare workers to cancer patients at diagnosis, follow-up, and treatment stages.