Published on November 20, 2019 by Sean Flynt
An article by Samford journalism and mass communication professor Betsy Emmons–“Legitimizing the journey: National Signing Day and the public relations pseudo-event as high school athlete cultural moment"–was accepted for publication by the academic journal Sport in Society.
In addition to her teaching Emmons is an active and nationally-accredited public relations professional, and serves as faculty adviser for the Public Relations Student Society of America's (PRSSA) Samford chapter. Her research interests include social media in sports, and sports journalism, and she is active in AEJMC's sports communication interest group.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.