Joye Gordon


Associate Professor, PR Sequence
Office: Kedzie 201 | 532-6890 | gordon@ksu.edu


Joye Gordon, associate professor of mass communications and journalism at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University, studies risk communication -- communication about physical hazards.

From hurricanes to foodborne illness, Gordon’s research questions what communication practices best facilitate protective action among populations. She has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally at venues such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Osmania University in India. She has an active record of publications, grant awards, and mentoring graduate students.

In October 2005, she and others traveled to her home state of Louisiana to gather information regarding how residents responded to evacuation orders issued with Hurricane Katrina. Three years later, she and her team returned after Hurricane Gustav hit the same region.

Throughout her career, Gordon also has been very active in researching and communicating about food-related hazards. She is an affiliate faculty member with the Food Science Institute at Kansas State University as well as the university’s Master of Public Health program. She maintains active membership in the Association for Education of Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Communication Association and the Society of Risk Analysis.

In 2003, Gordon, along with three other researchers from K-State, came together with the goal of educating the elderly on the prevention of food-borne illness. The group was awarded a $434,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gordon served as the principal investigator of the project.

Gordon received her bachelor's degree in finance from Nicholls State University in 1987. She received her master's degree in communication/public relations from Louisiana-Lafayette University in 1990 and her doctorate from Purdue University in 1999.

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