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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Brett W. Robertson, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Email: br31@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-6783
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 313
Columbia, SC  29208
LinkedIn: My LinkedIn profile
Resources: Personal Website
Brett Robertson

Education

B.A., Communication Studies, Chapman University
M.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Ph.D., Organizational Communication and Technology, The University of Texas at Austin

Research

Dr. Brett Robertson studies communication technology use in organizational, risk, and mass communication contexts. His research projects explore how individuals use social media and mobile devices in the workplace and disaster-related contexts. Much of his recent focus has been on disaster preparedness and prevention communication — and the barriers that vulnerable and marginalized populations face during natural disasters. His work explores how emerging technologies can mediate these barriers.

Teaching

After working in public affairs and healthcare, Robertson believes finding the relevancy of a topic to students’ lives is one key to engagement. To foster engagement, he uses experiential learning pedagogical methods to promote an active and involved classroom. Experiential learning provides students with opportunities to join theory and practice, to learn in new applied contexts and settings, and to interact with others unlike themselves.

Recent Publications

Robertson, B. W., Johnson, M., Murthy, D., Smith, W. R., & Stephens, K. K. (2019). Using a combination of human insights and ‘deep learning’ for real-time disaster communication. Progress in Disaster Science, 2, 1-11.

Lindstadt, C. J., Glowacki, E. M., Robertson, B. W., Wilcox, G. B., & Bernhardt, J. M. (2020). Reactions to a campus emergency: A text-mining analysis. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. Advanced online publication. 

Stephens, K. K., & Robertson, B. W., & Murthy, D. (2020). Throw me a lifeline: Articulating mobile social network dispersion and the social construction of risk in rescue communication. Mobile Media & Communication, 8(2), 149-169.

Johnson, M., Murthy, D., Robertson, B. W., Smith, W. R., & Stephens, K. K. (2020). DisasterNet: Evaluating the performance of transfer learning to classify hurricane-related images posted on Twitter. In T. Bui (Ed.), Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) Conference. 


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