Meaghan McKasy is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Utah Valley University, where she teaches in the Public Relations emphasis and serves as the faculty advisor for the PRSSA club. Meaghan has a B.A. in Communication from Boston College, an M.S. in Environmental Humanities and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah. She has worked in both nonprofit and for-profit renewable energy sectors, where she organized community outreach campaigns and developed strategic messaging. Her academic research interests are in strategic processing of environmental and science communication. She has explored the use of energy democracy in utility company communication, the impact of emotions on perceptions of microbiomes, and scientists' use of humor on Twitter. She has published in the journals Frontiers in Communication, Public Understanding of Science, and Mass Communication and Society. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Meaghan has called Utah home since 2009. She enjoys being outdoors skiing, mountain biking, swimming, and hiking.
Stephen L. Whyte is the Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Utah Valley University. Whyte has been apart of the communication department at Utah Valley University for eight years and has also been the coordinator of the undergraduate public relations program. Along with being a tenured associate professor, Whyte has also served as the faculty adviser for the Utah Valley University chapter of PRSSA.
Prior to coming to Utah Valley University, Whyte worked out of Washington D.C. as an international affairs specialist, where he was responsible for the relationship development with foreign ambassadors and members of congress. Whyte also worked in New York City with companies such as, 3Com, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Singer Sewing Machines.
Whyte earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University.
He and his wife, Roxane, along with their five children enjoy skiing, traveling, and spending time with extended family in Idaho.