Khairul Islam, M.A., M.S., is a Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. His research focuses on crisis communication involving public health, organizations, and role of media. Specifically, he investigates how organizational messages and media influence individuals’ behaviors in response to multiple crises and emergencies. He is a social behavioral scientist who curious to know: Do people behave same way when they respond to multiple risks/crises? What message strategies are effective when people respond to multiple crises?
His work has been published in top journals including the Journal of Business Ethics, The Learning Organization, Health Communication, and Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research. A book chapter was published from the Wiley Blackwell. His research has been featured by the Inside Higher Ed and the National Communication Association. His commentaries frequently appear in national and international newspapers and magazines.
His collaborative research projects received funding support including from the National Science Foundation, University of Maryland College Park, and Wayne State University.
He has received multiple research and service awards including the Outstanding Research Award 2021 from the Department of Communication at Wayne State University; Top Paper Panel Award 2022 from International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference; Wayne State University Graduate Research Symposium Award 2022; Distinguished Diversity Leadership Award 2017 from Arkansas State University Multicultural Center; Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award 2016 from Arkansas State University.
You can visit his personal webiste to learn more: kislamwsu.wordpress.com/
Awards & Honors
2022 Top Paper Panel Award, International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference, March 7-9, 2022
2022 Graduate Research Symposium: Platform Presentation Award (3rd place), Wayne State University
2021 The 2021 Graduate Student Research Award, Department of Communication, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
2017 Diversity and Social Justice Leadership Award 2017, the Multicultural Center, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
2017 Distinguish Graduate Student Service Award 2016, College of Liberal Arts and Communication, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
2017 Distinguish Service Award, Graduate Student Council, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
2011 Organizer of the Year 2011, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Degrees and Certifications
1. Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Communication, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Major: Communication Studies| Minor: Public Health/Risk and Crisis Communication. (Expected Graduation May 2023)
2. Bridge Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practices (BGCPHP), Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. (Graduated in Fall 2020)
3. Master of Science in Mass Communications, The School of Media and Journalism, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.
4. Master of Arts in Information Science and Library Management, Department of Information Science and Library Management, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
5. Bachelor of Arts in Information Science and Library Management, Department of Information Science and Library Management, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Islam, K., Edwards, A. L., Shi, D., Lim, J. R., Sheppard, R., Liu, B. F., & Seeger, M. (2022). Crisis communication and learning: U.S. higher education’s responses to a global pandemic. Manuscript submitted: The Learning Organization. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/TLO-10-2021-0121/full/html
Liu, B.F., Shi, D., Lim, J.K.R, Islam, K., Edwards, A., Seeger, M.W. (2021). When crises hit home: How U.S. Higher education leaders navigate values during uncertain times, Journal of Business Ethics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-021-04820-5 (Impact Factor 6.43).
Liu, B.F., Shi, D., Lim, J.K.R, Edwards, A., Islam, K., Sheppard, R., Seeger, M.W. (2021). Evolving best practices in crisis communication: Examining U.S. higher education’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research. https://doi.org/10.30658/jicrcr.4.3.1
O’Shay-Wallace, S., Day, A.M., Islam, K., McElmurry, S.P., & Seeger, M.W. (2020). Boil water advisories as risk communication: Consistency between CDC guidelines and local news media articles. Health Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2020.1827540 (Impact Factor 3.19).
Seeger, M. W., Islam, K., & Seeger. H. S. (2021). Emergency preparedness, response, and strategic communication for natural disasters. In Baton, C. (Eds.), The Handbook of strategic communication. Wiley Blackwell.
Fall 2021: COM 3300 Business and Professional Presentations, Section 001
Fall 2021: COM 3300 Business and Professional Presentations, Section 011
Winter 2022: COM 3300 Business and Professional Presentations, Section 002
Winter 2022 COM 1010 Oral Communication: Basic Speech, Section 016
Arkansas State University
Winter 2018; Fall 2018; Winter 2019 COM 1010: Oral Communication
Fall 2020 COM 3150 Science Communication, Section 001 (Key Instructor: Dr. Pradeep Sopory)
Winter 2022 COM 4210 Research Methods in Communication (Key Instructor: Dr. Pradeep Sopory)