Dr. Michael Parkinson, '68

Dr. Michael Parkinson is a retired associate dean, college professor, and attorney. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in communication, in addition to a Juris Doctorate degree. Dr. Parkinson has more than 35 years of experience in academia and 12 years of experience as a practicing attorney, specializing in criminal defense and appellate advocacy. He is one of only two people to win the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition twice. He is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and is a member of the Illinois and Oklahoma Bar.

Dr. Parkinson has held positions at Southern Illinois University and Texas Tech University. At Texas Tech, he served as a professor and acted as associate dean for Graduate Affairs and associate dean for faculty in the College of Mass Communications. He has been recognized as the outstanding educator by Southern Illinois University. Dr. Parkinson has published three books and more than 100 papers, articles and chapters over the course of his extensive academic career. His research and publications focus on international public relations, media law, and media ethics.  He also served as faculty advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America, as head of the public relations division and research chair for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and as research chair in the Public Relations Society of America.