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Nur Uysal

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  • Associate Professor; Founding Director, Media Engagement Lab
  • PhD​ (University of Oklahoma)​​​​​​
  • Public Relations and Advertising

  • Faculty
  • (312) 362-0025
  • ​14 E. Jackson Blvd.
    Office 1245
    Chicago, IL 60604

Nur Uysal is an award-winning teacher and scholar who teaches corporate communication and public relations in the Public Relations and Advertising program, which received the PRWeek recognition for 2022 Outstanding Education Program. Her research areas include corporate social responsibility, social impact, organizational purpose, and stakeholder activism as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. Specifically, she investigates how environmental, social, and governance issues affect the fluid relationships between organizations and their different stakeholders in today's highly globalized, networked world. Uysal's research has appeared in top-tier journals such as Journal of Applied Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, and Business Strategy and the Environment, and she is the author of a variety of chapters in edited books including the Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility Communication, the Handbook of Financial Communication and Investor Relations, and the Handbook of Communication Engagement. She regularly presents her research at major national and international conferences, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals including Public Relations Review.

Uysal is the recipient of several teaching and research awards and grants. Most recently, she received a 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award from DePaul University. Among others, she received the University Research Council Research grant and the Quality of Instruction Council Competitive Instructional grant as well as a Global Learning Experience grant. She is the recipient of the Legacy Scholar grant from The Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication and an Educator Fellowship from The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations along with the Advancement of Women in Communication Fellowship.

Nur Uysal is the founding director of the Media Engagement (ME) Lab in the College of Communication, envisioning to create a collaborative rand creative research space for interdisciplinary exploration and conversation, where students, faculty, and professionals work together in order to create social good. The lab is equipped with the most cutting-edge technology (e.g., imotions eye-tracking tool, Brandwatch social media analytics tool) that allow students to better understand the brands, consumers, the market and the complex interactions among them. As the chair of the Internalization Committee, she is strongly committed to internationalizing of the learning experience at DePaul, implementing several GLE programs (e.g., Bilkent University in Turkey, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia) and study abroad programs.

Nur Uysal holds a MA in mass communication and a PhD in corporate communication, both from the University of Oklahoma. Uysal is the recipient of the 2012-2013 James E. Grunig and Larissa A. Grunig Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Public Relations Division of the International Communication Association (ICA). She is a three-time winner of the Top Faculty Paper Award from the National Communication Association and the winner of the Peter Debreceny Corporate Communication Top Paper Award from the Institute for Public Relations Research.

An international communication researcher with strong connections to different cultural environments, Uysal brings her global experience into the classroom. A food and coffee aficionado, Nur enjoys exploring different cuisines and cultural experiences. She extensively traveled around the world, making memories with family and friends. 

Uysal can be found on Twitter @nurefeuysal and LinkedIn.

Selected Publications

  • ​​​Uysal, N. (2022). Toward a Collaborative, Relational, and Communicative CSR Model: CSR Communication during COVID-19 Pandemic. In A. O'Connor (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility Communication.
  • Uysal, N. & Ozdora, A. E. (2022). “Waging War" for Doing Good? The Fortune Global 500's Framing of Corporate Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic. Sustainability.
  • Uysal, N., & Schroeder, J. (2019). Turkey's Twitter Public Diplomacy: Towards a “New" Cult of Personality. Public Relations Review, 45(5), 101837.
  • Uysal, N. (2019). The Rise of Diasporas as Adversarial Non-State Actors in Public Diplomacy: The Turkish Case. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 14(3), 272-292.
  • Uysal, N. (2018). On the relationship between dialogic communication and corporate social performance: advancing dialogic theory and research. Journal of Public Relations Research, 30(3), 100-114.
  • Uysal, N., Yang, A., & Taylor, M. (2018). Shareholder communication and issue salience: Corporate responses to social shareholder activism. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 46(2), 179-201, DOI: 10.1080/00909882.2018.1437643
  • Yang, A., Uysal, N., & Taylor, M. (2017). Unleashing the power of networks: Shareholder activism, sustainable development and corporate environmental policy. Business Strategy and the Environment, DOI: 10.1002/bse.2026
  • Uysal, N. (2016). Social exchange and sense of community in intranets: The impact of group norms on internal communication behaviors and processes. International Journal of Business Communication. 53(2), 181-199. doi:10.1177/2329488415627270
  • Zaharna, R., & Uysal, N. (2015). Going for the jugular: The challenge from the 4th quadrant of a relational public diplomacy model. Public Relations Review, 42(1), 378-380. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2015.07.006
  • Ragas, M., Uysal, N., & Culp, R. (2015). Business 101 in public relations education: An exploratory survey of the Arthur W. Page Society. Public Relations Review, 41(3), 378-380. doi:10.10/j.pubrev.2015.02.007
  • Uysal, N. (2014). The expanded role of investor relations: Socially responsible investing, shareholder activism, and organizational legitimacy. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 8(3), 215–230. doi:10.1080/1553118x.2014.905478
  • Uysal, N., & Tsetsura, K. (2014). Corporate governance on stakeholder issues: Shareholder activism as a guiding force. Journal of Public Affairs, 15(2), 210-219.
  • Uysal, N., & Yang, A. (2013). The power of activist networks in the mass self-communication era: A triangulation study of the impact of WikiLeaks on the stock value of Bank of America. Public Relations Review, 39(5), 459–469.
  • Uysal, N. (2013). Shifting the paradigm: Diversity communication on corporate websites. Public Relations Journal, 7(2), 8–36.
  • Uysal, N., Schroeder, J., & Taylor, M. (2012). Social media and soft power: Positioning Turkey's image on Twitter. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 5(3), 338–359. doi: 10.1163/18739865-00503013