Crystal Lumpkins is a new assistant professor in Strategic Communication. Her areas of expertise are public relations, broadcasting and health communication. She has taught Research & Writing and Principles of Public Relations and will be teaching other strategic communication courses in future semesters.
Lumpkins' primary area of research interest is cancer communication, specifically breast cancer among minorities and underserved populations. She also is interested in health literacy issues, targeting adolescents and healthy eating and nutrition.
Lumpkins has worked as a broadcast reporter, producer, television promotions writer, newspaper reporter, and public relations consultant. She has taught journalism classes at Rockhurst University, Johnson County Community College, Saint Mary College, Central Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she assisted professors with a NCI-funded cancer communication study.
In summer 2007, Lumpkins earned her PhD in Journalism with emphases in health communication and strategic communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has master’s degrees from Webster University in Media Communication and Management. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
- Cancer communication, specifically breast cancer among minorities and underserved populations