Asya Cooley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Strategic Communications
316-A Paul Miller Journalism Building 



B.A.  Mass Communication, Alcorn State University

Master of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University

Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Mississippi State University

Professional Experience
Director of Development, Mississippi State University Foundation

Director of Annual Giving, Mississippi State University Foundation

Research Associate, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Alabama

Account Executive, The New York Times Regional Media Group

Research Interests

Nonprofit communications

Nonprofit management

Narrative theory

International communications

Online accountability

Professional Organizations

Certified Resilience Advantage Trainer, HeartMath Institute (HMI) 

Member, American Advertising Federation (AAF)

Member, National Communication Association (NCA)

Member, International Communication Association (ICA) 

Member, Phi Beta Delta Society, Epsilon Upsilon Chapter 

Member, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

Member, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Inductee, Pi Alpha Alpha Honorary Society 

Inductee, Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society 


Courses Taught

MC5483 - Nonprofit Branding (graduate level class)

MC5953 - Health Communication Campaigns (graduate level class)

MC5520 - NGO Strategic Planning 


MC4043/MC5040 - Media Study Abroad 


SC4980 - Advertising Competitions (NSAC)


SC3603 - Copywriting and Creative Strategy


SC4520 - Nonprofit Communications 


SC4843 - Strategic Communications Campaigns 


SC3383 - Managment and Strategies 


AS1111 - First-Year Seminar