Strategic Communications Expert

Erica C. Southerland, Ph.D.


Experienced professor, writer, editor and social media manager

I have more than 10 years experience in public relations including roles in higher education, non-profit, governmental and corporate communication.


I'm very passionate about consulting with large and small organizations to discover and share best practices in strategic communication. Outside of my profession I enjoy listening to music, spending time with family and dogs, cardio boxing and running.


If you would like more information, get in touch with me!

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"The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press." - Ida B. Wells-Barnett

2013 - Present

2014 - Present


Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communication

National Public Relations Manager and Webmaster - Thursday Network Chapter

Social Media and Digital Engagement Specialist


Public Relations Writing | Technical and Copy Editing | Social Media and Web Content Management | Strategic Communications Strategy and Research


Interested in collaboration?

Let's create together!



If you'd like to connect, collaborate, create, or learn more - contact me via any of the links below! I am available for freelance work, consulting projects and more. Let's discuss your needs.


"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X

Louisiana State University

Old Dominion University

Hampton University

Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Public Affairs | Cognates: Higher Education Administration and Public Administration

MA in English with a Concentration in Professional Writing

BA in Public Relations | Honors College Graduate

Emerging Leaders 2016

The National Urban League Emerging Leaders program is a competitive, 12-month development opportunity for professionals to master analytical and critical leadership skills in the non-profit sector.