Donnalyn Pompper headshot

Donnalyn Pompper

Associate Professor

Globalization and Development Communication, M&C and Strategic Communication

Weiss Hall, Room 218
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Dr. Pompper specializes in social identity intersectionalities: 1) in organizations, and 2) in mass media representations. Her research interests also include public relations theory and pedagogy, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, social capital and diversity, femininity and masculinity studies, critical race studies, cultural studies, global justice and resistance, crisis communication, and environmental risk and journalism.

She joined the M&C and STRC faculties in August 2007 after teaching in Florida for eight years as an associate professor at Florida State University (2001-2007) and as an assistant professor at Florida A&M University, a historically Black college/university (HBCU) (1999-2001). Earlier, she held a full-time academic post at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA (1996-1999) where she developed and taught an accelerated Bachelor’s degree program in Professional Communication for adult learners. Before joining the academy, Dr. Pompper worked as public affairs manager at Campbell’s Soup Company (1993-1995), marketing public relations manager at Tasty Baking Company where she created the public relations department (1987-1995), and account manager at Lewis, Gilman & Kynett (1984-1987), Philadelphia’s largest public relations/advertising firm at the time. She also worked as freelance reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer (1985-1987) and Courier-Post (1981-1983), as well as news editor at a South Jersey weekly newspaper chain (1983-1984).

Dr. Pompper’s book, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Public Relations: Negotiating Multiple Complex Challenges, won the 2015 PRIDE Book Award for Innovation, Development, and Educational Achievement in Public Relations from the National Communication Association, Public Relations Division. This is the division’s highest award.

In 2014 her book, Practical and Theoretical Implications of Successfully Doing Difference in Organizations, won the 2014 Top Book Award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association. In 2010, Dr. Pompper was named an Arthur W. Page Scholar. She has written two scholarly books and has co-authored one edited scholarly book, and authored or co-authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 13 book chapters, 15 encyclopedia entries and 66 conference papers. In recent years she has won seven top conference papers, in addition to the PRIDE Award from the National Communication Association’s Public Relations Division in 2005 and again in 2012 for “best published article in its innovation, development and educational achievement in public relations scholarship.”

Dr. Pompper’s work earned the Temple University School of Media & Communication Research Award in 2012 and again in 2015.


PhDMass Media & CommunicationTemple University
MJJournalismTemple University
BACommunicationGlassboro State

Courses Taught

MMC 9700Advanced Topics: Social Identity and ‘Difference’ in Mediated Representations and OrganizationsGraduate
STRC 9020Corporate Social Responsibility and Communication ManagementGraduate
STRC 9006Using Theory in Communication StrategyGraduate
MMC 9001Communication TheoryGraduate
STRC 8101Research MethodsGraduate
STRC 4859Public Relations Management and ProblemsUndergraduate
STRC 4440Special Topics: Reaching Diverse AudiencesUndergraduate
STRC 2552Introduction to Public RelationsUndergraduate
STRC 2551Media Information & GatheringUndergraduate



Pompper, D. (in press, 2017). Rhetoric of femininity: Female body image, media, and gender role stress/conflict. Lexington Studies in Contemporary Rhetoric series. Washington, D.C.: Lexington Books (division of Rowman & Littlefield).

Pompper, D. (2015). Corporate social responsibility, sustainability and public relations:  Negotiating multiple and complex challenges. New Directions in Public Relations and Communication Research series. Abingdon, UK:  Routledge.

Pompper, D. (2014). Practical and theoretical implications of successfully doing difference in organizations. International Perspectives in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion series. Bingley, UK:  Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Book Co-edited

Opel, A., & Pompper, D. (Eds.) (2003). Representing resistance: Media, civil disobedience & the global justice movement. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Journal Publications (Peer Reviewed)

Doh, H., & Pompper, D. (2015). Beyond the wounds: The SCAR Project as space for examining breast cancer and mastectomy experiences. Social Semiotics.

Pompper, D., & Crandall, K. (2014). The erotic-chaste dialectic and the new southern belle code at the high school prom: Feminine gender role stress across ethnic and socio-economic factors. The Journal of Popular Culture, 47(5), 937-951.

Pompper, D. (2014). The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Impact, processes and roles for strategic communication. Special issue, “Financial Strategic Communication.” International Journal of Strategic Communication, 8(3), 130-145.

Jung, T., & Pompper, D. (2014). Assessing instrumentality of mission statements and social-financial performance links: Corporate social responsibility as context. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 8(2), 79-99.

Pompper, D. (2014). Female Tunisian revolutionaries, leadership, and social (dis)order in global news production. Mass Communication & Society, 17(4), 1-22.

Pompper, D., & Jung, T. (2013). Outnumbered yet still on top, but for how long? Theorizing about male public relations practitioners working in the feminized field of public relations. Public Relations Review39, 497-506.

Liu, B., & Pompper, D. (2012). The ‘crisis with no name’: Defining the interplay of culture, ethnicity, and ‘race’ on organizational issues and media outcomes. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 40(2), 127-146.

Pompper, D. (2012). On social capital and diversity in a feminized industry:  Further developing a theory of internal public relations. Journal of Public Relations Research, 24(1), 86-103.

Pompper, D. (2011). ‘Cheap labor’ speaks: PR adjuncts on pedagogy and preparing Millennials for careers. Special issue “Public Relations Pedagogy,” Public Relations Review, 37(5), 456-465.

Pompper, D. (2011). Fifty years later:  Mid-career women of color against the glass ceiling in communication organizations. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 24(4), 464-486.

Spangler, I., & Pompper, D. (2011). Corporate social responsibility and the oil industry: Theory and perspective fuel a longitudinal view.” Public Relations Review, 37(3), 217-225.

Pompper, D. (2010). Masculinities, the metrosexual, and media images: Across dimensions of age and ethnicity. Special issue, “Fiction, Fashion, and Function: Gendered Experiences of Women’s and Men’s Body Image,” Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 63(9), 682-606.

Pompper, D. (2010). Researcher-researched difference: Adapting an autoethnographic approach for addressing the racial matching issue. Journal of Research Practice, 6(1),

Pompper, D., Lee, S., & Lerner, S. (2009). Gauging outcomes of 1960s social equality movements: Nearly four decades of gender & ethnicity on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine. The Journal of Popular Culture, 42(2), 273-290.

Pompper, D., & Choo, Y-F. (2008). Advertising in the age of TiVo: Targeting teens and young adults with film, television product placements. The Atlantic Journal of Communication, 16(1), 49-69.

Pompper, D., Soto, J., & Piel, L. (2007). Male body image and magazine standards: Considering dimensions of age and ethnicity. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 84(3), 525-545.

Pompper, D., & Higgins, L. (2007). Corporation bashing in documentary film: A case study of news coverage & organizational response. Public Relations Review, 33(4), 429-432.

Pompper, D. (2007). The gender-ethnicity construct in public relations organizations: Using feminist standpoint theory to discover Latinas’ realities. The Howard Journal of Communications, 18(4), 291-311.

McClung, S., Pompper, D., & Kinnally, W. (2007). The functions of radio for teens: Where radio fits among youth media choices. The Atlantic Journal of Communication, 15(2), 103-119.

Pompper, D. (2006). Evaluating mission statements for a relationship building approach to public relations in higher education. Public Relations Quarterly, 51(2), 29-36.

Pompper, D., & Adams, J. (2006). Under the microscope: Gender & mentor-protégé relationships in public relations. Public Relations Review, 32(3), 309-315.

Laborde, J., & Pompper, D. (2006). Public relations program evaluation & encroachment effect in the for-profit sector. Public Relations Review, 32(1), 77-79.

Pompper, D. (2005). Multiculturalism in the public relations curriculum: Female African-American practitioners’ perceptions of effects. The Howard Journal of Communications, 16(4), 295-316.

Pompper, D. (2005). “Difference” in public relations research:  A case for introducing Critical Race Theory.Journal of Public Relations Research, 17(2), 139-169.

Hardin, M., & Pompper, D. (2004). Writing in the public relations curriculum: Practitioner perceptions versus pedagogy. Public Relations Review, 30(3), 357-364.

Pompper, D. (2004). Linking ethnic diversity & two-way symmetry: Modeling female African-American practitioners’ roles. Journal of Public Relations Research, 16(3), 269-299.

Pompper, D. (2004). At the 20th century’s close: Framing the public policy issue of environmental risk.The Environmental Communication Yearbook, 1, 99-134. [publication as annual ceased; now published quarterly as Environmental Communication]

Pompper, D., & Koenig, J. (2004). Cross-cultural-generational perceptions of ideal body image: Hispanic women & magazine standards. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 81(1), 89-107.

Arpan, L., & Pompper, D. (2003). Stormy weather: Testing “Stealing Thunder” as a crisis communication strategy to improve communication flow between organizations & journalists. Public Relations Review, 29(3), 291-308.

Pompper, D., & Feeney, B. F. (2002). Traditional narratives resurrected: The Gulf War on LIFE magazine covers. Journal of Magazine & New Media Research, 4(2),

Pompper, D. (1993). The empress of publishing: The other Frank Leslie. Media History Digest, 13(1), 2-10.

Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)

Pompper, D. (2016). Management with glass borders:  Women and expatriate experience barriers. In J. P. Fyke, J. Faris, & P. M. Buzzanell (Eds.), Cases in organizational and managerial communication: Stretching boundaries. London: Routledge.

Pompper, D. (2014). Interrogating inequalities perpetuated in a feminized field: Using Critical Race Theory and the intersectionality lens to render visible that which should not be disaggregated. In C. Damon and K. Demetrious (Eds.), Gender and public relations:  Critical perspectives on voice, image, and identity (pp. 67-86). Routledge New Directions in Public Relations and Communication Research series.

Pompper, D. (2013). Volunteerism and corporate social responsibility: Ethical implications and measurement. In L. Lewis, L. Gossett and M. Kramer (Eds.), Communication and the volunteer experience: Exploring the organizational dynamics of volunteering in multiple contexts (pp. 265-287). New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Pompper, D. (2013). Diversity matters: Harnessing the power of diversity for your organization. In J. Wrench (Ed.), Workplace communication for the 21st century: Tools and strategies that impact the bottom line (pp. 131-155), 2-vol. set. Westport, CT: Praeger Publications.

Pompper, D., & Crider, D. (2012). New media and symmetry-conservation duality:  As viewed through the legal / public relations counselor relationship lens. In S. G. Duhe (Ed.), New media and public relations, 2nd ed. (pp. 31-39). New York: Peter Lang.

Pompper, D. (2012). Planning to succeed: Role models of women working in mediated message industries. In R. A. Lind (Ed.), Race/gender/media: Considering diversity across audiences, content, and producers, 3rd ed. (pp. 328-334).  Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Pompper, D. (2009). Using feminist standpoint theory to discover Latinas’ realities in public relations organizations. In R. A. Lind (Ed.), Race/gender/media: Considering diversity across audiences, content, and producers, 2nd ed. (pp. 310-317). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. [reprint of 2007 Howard Journal of Communications article]

Pompper, D. (2003). Probing symbiotic relationships: Celebrities, mass media & global justice. In A. Opel and D. Pompper (Eds.), Representing resistance: Media, civil disobedience & the global justice movement (pp. 149-169). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Pompper, D. (2003). “The West Wing:” White House narratives that journalism cannot tell. In P. Rollins and J. E. O’Connor (Eds.), The West Wing: The American presidency as television drama (pp. 17-31). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Pompper, D. (2002). Blurring of place & space: Representations of patriotism in an “All-America City.” In B. Greenberg (Ed.), Communication and terrorism: Public and media responses to 9/11 (pp. 153-162). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Pompper, D. (2002). From Loch Ness monsters to global warming: Framing environmental risk in a supermarket tabloid. In M. Meister and P. Japp (Eds.), Enviropop: Studies in rhetoric and popular culture(pp. 111-140). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Pompper, D. (1996). Broadcast in the Caribbean and Latin America. In A. Wells (Ed.), World broadcasting: A comparative view (pp. 185-205). Norwood, NJ:  Ablex Publishing Company.

Encyclopedia Entries (Select)

Pompper, D. (2016, in press). Discrimination and discriminatory practices. In International encyclopedia of organizational communication. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Pompper, D. (2008). Gender and media organizations. In The international encyclopedia of communication, (Vol. 5, pp. 1940-1945). Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Invited Talks

“It’s Always Time to Talk About Social Identity Intersectionalities,” 2015 Spring Temple University School of Media & Communication Speaker Series, March 24, 2015.

“Supporting SMC Junior Faculty Colleagues Through Promotion and Tenure,” Temple University School of Media & Communication Junior Faculty Support Group Presentation, March 25, 2015.

“Intersectionalities of Sexual Orientation in the Workplace,” LGBTQIA Professional Development Panel and Networking Night, and moderated panel, April 15, 2015 as jointly sponsored by the Temple University Career Center, Queer Student Union, and Queer People of Color.

“Communicating About Difference with Respect and for Understanding,” Can We Talk? Lecture Series, March 25, 2015 as jointly sponsored by the Temple University Teaching and Learning Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership.

“Female Tunisian Revolutionaries: Leadership and Social (Dis)order in Global News Production,” Temple University Media & Communication Doctoral Program Colloquium, November 25, 2013.

“Masculinities, the Metrosexual, and Media Images: Across Dimensions of Age and Ethnicity,” Temple University School of Communication & Theater Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Discussions/ Presentations, October 19, 2010.

“Masculinities, the Metrosexual, and Media Images: Across Dimensions of Age and Ethnicity,” Temple University Media & Communication Doctoral Program Colloquium, October 12, 2010.

Additional Projects

TitleDescriptionDates Active

Investigation of the work-home life balance phenomenon among communication managers


Comparisons of Chinese and U.S. news media coverage of “Consumer Day” through a CSR/Sustainability lens


Investigation of China’s SMEs as torch bearers for the CSR/Sustainability movement


Exploring the liability-to-asset tipping point: Parenthood and communication managers against the organizational glass ceiling

Miscellaneous Tables and Information


Principle Investigator — Temple University Research Award: “Employee Volunteerism through Lenses of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Triple Bottom Line,” $7,000, Summer 2012.

Principle Investigator — “A Study of Legal and Public Relations Counselors’ Joint Ethical Decision-Making Processes and Outcomes,” Arthur W. Page and Johnson Legacy Scholar Grant, Penn State University, $8,000, Fall 2010.