I’m in my second year of a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Communications in the Turock School of Arts and Sciences at Keystone College. I teach a variety of courses, including screenwriting, research methods, media and society, intro to public relations, interpersonal, and speech.
I am also a doctoral candidate in Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. The title of my dissertation is “Constructing the Ideal Public Relations Employee: Ambiguity and Identity in the Digital Economy.” My research interests include digital and creative labor, internships, political economies of cultural production, crisis communication, and public relations theory. I received a Top Paper Award in the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association in 2019. I co-authored a review essay on crisis communication in the Journal of Communication.
I previously served as the Assistant Director of Public Relations at King’s College, Pennsylvania. For 14 years, I managed social media platforms, wrote news releases and profiles, handled media relations, and edited video projects.
Most importantly, hack screenwriter of horror and thrillers.
Education – Degrees & Certifications
- Ph.D. Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University, Expected May 2020 Dissertation: “Constructing the Ideal PR Employee: Ambiguity and Identity in the Digital Economy” Committee: Brian Creech, Bruce Hardy, Devon Powers, Patrick Murphy (chair)
- M.F.A. Creative Writing, Wilkes University, 2010
- B.A. English, King’s College, 2003
Joseph Giomboni, ABD, assistant professor of communications, has been awarded a $6,000 Summer Grant from the University Fellowship Committee of the Graduate Board of Temple University. He will use this funding to complete research for his doctoral dissertation, “Between Opportunity and Exploitation: Labor Expectations and Institutional Practices in the Public Relations Internship.” As a participant of the Summer Grant program, Joseph will present his research at the university’s Graduate Fellows Research Symposium in fall 2020.
- Mass Communications
- Communication Research Skills
- Introduction to Public Relations
- Interpersonal Communication
- Speech Communication
- Special Topics in Creative Writing: Screenwriting
- Digital Media Production
Giomboni, J., & Pratt, C.B. (2018). A review of two crisis communication publications: Academic and practitioner perspectives. Journal of Communication, 68(3). E22–E34,
Doctoral Research: Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University
Spring 2017, Research advisor: Dr. Bruce Hardy
Theoretical study of experimental method, statistical analysis and R Studio. Developed survey with embedded experiment to analyze motivated reasoning of college interns.
Fall, 2016, Research advisor: Dr. Patrick Murphy
Theoretical investigation of ethnography, culture, and the public relations industry as a field site.
Fall, 2016, Research advisor: Dr. Cornelius Pratt
Theoretical analysis of crisis communication. Resulted in review essay published in the Journal of Communication, June 2018.
April 2017: Temple University Graduate Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA:
Individual Paper Presentation, (Digitally Inclined) Hands Around the PR Office: Industrial Constructions of Intern Labor.
Student Poster Panel, Public Relations Agencies as Field Site: A Methodological Approach.
April 2016: Temple University Graduate Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA: Public Relations, Interns and Hope: Empowering Young Laborers into the Social Factory.
King’s College Service-Learning Curriculum Development Award, 2013
Alpha Epsilon Lambda, 2007