B.A., Journalism and Sociology (double), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Communication and Mass Communication, University of Maryland
Dr. Bowen is an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Arthur W. Page Society,
and sits on the Board of Directors of the International Public Relations Research
Conference. Until 2012, Dr. Shannon Bowen was tenured in the S. I. Newhouse School
of Public Communications at Syracuse University, but was happy to return home to South
Carolina. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Maryland; her dissertation on Kantian ethics
won the Robert Heath Outstanding Dissertation Award. Her master's degree is from the
University of South Carolina (so she is a double Gamecock), and her bachelor's degree
is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Bowen's research focuses on ethical decision making within the highest levels
of organizations. She teaches and researches ethics across corporations, pharmaceutical
firms, governmental entities and the public relations industry. Dr. Bowen is one of
three joint-editors for the journal Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication
Grants and Funded Research
Dr. Bowen is a Page Legacy Scholar and a winner of the International Association of
Business Communicators Research Foundation Grant.
Details: Bowen, S. A., Principal Investigator. (2003-2006). Grant from International
Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Research Foundation to study Business
Communication Ethics. $30,000 winner from a competitive pool of proposals to conduct
global research with an international team of scholars assembled for data collection.
Bowen, S. A., Heath, R. L., Lee, J., Painter, G., Agraz, F. J., McKie, D. Toledano,
M. (2006). The business of truth: A guide to ethical communication perspective. San Francisco: International Association of Business Communicators Research Foundation.
The business of truth: A guide to ethical communication—CD training modules and workbook. San Francisco: International Association of Business
Communicators Research Foundation. (Diagnostic tools, presentations, and learning
Principle Investigator. 2013-2014. Exploring the role of the dominant coalition in creating an ethical culture for internal stakeholders. Grant from the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn
State University for the ‘Page Legacy Scholars’ RFP on Ethical Stakeholder Engagement;
$3,500 winner from a competitive pool of proposals.
Dr. Bowen's work with Ph.D. students has led to publications and top paper awards
for the student at IPRRC and PRSA. Dr. Bowen's students will be the first to tell
you that her courses are rigorous and she expects a lot from them. Much of the material
she teaches is difficult or highly theoretical. However, she puts a great deal of
effort into helping the students rise to the challenge that her courses provide. Two
of her referred journal articles in PR Review (Bowen, 2003, 2009) and one in PR Journal
(2013) focus on pedagogy in public relations. Each of these research articles provides
prescriptive recommendations for what should be taught in a public relations major,
such as research methods, management and ethics.
Bowen, S. A., Rawlins, B. L., & Martin, T. M. (2010). An overview of the public relations function. New York: Business Expert Press.
Bowen, S. A. (2004). Expansion of ethics as the tenth generic principle of public
relations excellence: A Kantian theory and model for managing ethical issues. Journal of Public Relations Research, 16(1), 65-92.
Bowen, S. A. (2005). A practical model for ethical decision making in issues management
and public relations. Journal of Public Relations Research, 17(3), 191-216. Reprinted.
Bowen, S. A. & Erzikova, E. V. (2013). The international divide in public relations
ethics education: Advocacy versus autonomy. Public Relations Journal, 7(1), np. http://www.prsa.org/Intelligence/PRJournal/Documents/2013BowenErzikova.pdf.
Bowen, S. A. (2013). Using classic social media cases to distill ethical guidelines
for digital engagement. Journal of Mass Media Ethics: Exploring Questions of Media Morality, 28(2), 119-133.
Public relations ethics columnist for PRWEEK.
Page Legacy Scholar
Board of Trustees, Arthur W. Page Society
Board of directors, Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC)
Journal editorial board, Journal of Mass Media Ethics
Contributing editor, Media Ethics magazine.
Dr. Bowen’s father is also a Gamecock who graduated with a degree in chemistry in