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Dean A. Kruckeberg


Dean Kruckeberg, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, is co-author of the books "Public Relations and Community: A Reconstructed Theory;" "This Is PR;" and "Transparency, Public Relations, and the Mass Media." He has been presented the NCA Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions in Public Relations Education, the PRSA Atlas Award for Lifetime Achievement in International Public Relations, was PR

Rachel L. Austin

Lecturer of Sociology

Rachel Austin has been a lecturer/instructor at a variety of higher education institutions, including a state university, a private four-year college, technical colleges and local community colleges throughout Central and Western North Carolina and the upper Piedmont of South Carolina.

Roger F. Suclupe

Clinical Assistant Professor/MSW Part Time Program Coordinator

Roger F. Suclupe, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical assistant professor and MSW part-time program coordinator at UNC Charlotte’s School of Social Work. He earned his MSW from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and bachelor's degree in psychology from Appalachian State University.

Susan B. Harden

Associate Professor of Education

Susan B. Harden, Ph.D., is associate professor of Education and director for the Civic Minor in Urban Youth and Communities. She is a teacher educator and expert on civic engagement. Harden’s teaching, research,and service expertise is in understanding community engagement at cultural institutions and developing engaged scholarship in higher education. She completed a Ph.D.