Melody T. Fisher, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Relations joined the Mississippi State faculty in 2014. Before joining MSU, she was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department Mass Communication at Tougaloo College. Dr. Fisher received her Bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College and both masters and doctoral degrees in Public Relations and Mass Communication, respectively, from the University of Southern Mississippi. At USM, she was a charter member of the Black Graduate Student Organization, and graduate assistant and advisor for the Department of Minority Affairs. Throughout her career in higher education, she has made several presentations at national conferences and published journal articles and book chapters on public relations in religious communities, crisis communication, image repair and media portrayals of minority groups.