frank (scholar, 2017), Feb. 27-March 1, 2017, is a novel academic conference that brings together researchers from various academic disciplines to collaboratively cultivate research that ignites lasting social change.

This year, we are pleased to provide a pool of $5,000 to provide seed funding for research projects that emerge from your conversations with other participants. We’ll share application instructions and funding criteria at frank (scholar). We are also pleased to once again be able to offer a small travel stipend, available by request
We’ve choreographed this year’s event to foster collaborations among scholars for new projects that not only add to your own research, but can drive social change. You will have the opportunity to connect with other scholars whose interests compliment your current research and have the opportunity to build collaborative projects that can expand your research. Our three research chairs, Troy Campbell, Viviane Seyranian and Natalie Tindall, will help foster collaborations and conversation among the scholars.

This academic conference is presented by the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.  frank (scholar, 2017) represents a step toward establishing the robust practice area of public interest communications as a unique academic discipline and building the connection between research and practice.

Here is our 2017 Schedule.

Meet our frank (scholar, 2017) chairs:

  • Dr. Troy Campbell

    Dr. Troy Campbell

    University of Oregon,
    Department of Marketing

    Troy Campbell is an Assistant Marketing Professor at the University of Oregon. He studies what people love, like, and find most important. From our favorite hobbies, to our most cherished beliefs, and yes, even the state of feeling nerd. Through these ideas he studies how we can be better people, why we sometimes lie to ourselves, and how we can enjoy life and everyday consumption more. Formally, he studies consumer enjoyment, identity, and overcoming resistance in communication (such as scientific communication).

    He was featured  in Pacific Standard 2016 “30 Top Thinkers Under 30” and his project on Solution Aversion holds the record as the most viewed research press release in Duke University history.

    He received his Ph.D from Duke University, formerly worked as a Disney Imagineer, and grew up in the shadows of Hollywood working in film and web media. In high school he won “most likely to join the circus” for his enthusiasm and acrobatics. He does fewer backflips today but still signs every email, “Enthusiastically, Troy.”

  • Dr. Viviane Seyranian

    Dr. Viviane Seyranian

    California Polytechnic University

    Dr. Viviane Seyranian is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her research examines how narratives and persuasive communication can be framed to optimize influence and behavioral change, particularly in the environmental and health realm. She also develops and tests interventions seeking to empower females and minority populations to succeed in higher education. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in social psychology from Claremont Graduate University and her B.A. cum laude in psychology and government from Claremont McKenna College.  Dr. Seyranian completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California.

  • Dr. Natalie Tindall

    Dr. Natalie Tindall

    Lamar University
    Department of Communication

    Dr. Natalie T. J. Tindall is department chair and associate professor in the Department of Communication at Lamar University. Her research focuses on diversity in organizations, specifically the public relations function, and the situational theory of publics and intersectionality. She has authored book chapters and online publications along with peer-reviewed journal articles published in Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Howard Journal of Communications, PRism, and the International Journal of Strategic Communication.

    She has served as the chair of the Public Relations Society of America Diversity Committee, a member of the Public Relations Society of America Work, Life & Gender Task Force, and the 2013-2014 Head of the Public Relations Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

    She was elected to the AEJMC Standing Committee for Teaching and continues to serve on the PRSA Diversity Committee, PRSA Work, Life & Gender Task Force, the Delta Research Education Foundation‘s Sister Scholars Advisory Board, and the national executive board of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    Dr. Tindall is also the owner of Rock Paper Scissors Consulting and runs The Tenured Entrepreneur blog.


Monday, Feb. 27, 5 pm – Tuesday, March 1, 2017

Registration fee: 

Academic: $249
Student: $ 99
Price with purchase of frank gathering ticket: $69

frank scholar schedule 2017

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