Marianne Sison is Deputy Dean (International) in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT.
As Deputy Dean (International) in the School of Media and Communication, Marianne is responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of offshore programs, international institutional partnerships, student and staff mobility programs, international student recruitment and marketing, internationalising curriculum and research partnerships. She is Chair of the International & Development Committee, a member of the School Executive, Learning & Teaching Committee, and Research & Innovation Committee.
Marianne’s previous leadership roles in the former School of Applied Communication include Discipline Head, Communication; Program Director, Master of Communication; and Program Director, Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma (Public Relations).
She taught Organisational Communication Theory and Research and Introduction to Communication Research in the Master of Communication. Marianne has previously taught public relations and communication research courses in our undergraduate, postgraduate and offshore programs in Hong Kong and Singapore.
As part of her service to the community, she is on the Academic Program Committee for the World Public Relations Forum (WPRF) 2014 in Madrid, after being its Chair for the 2012 WPRF Research Colloquium in Melbourne. She is also a member of the IABC Research Committee, and a member of the PRIA National Education Committee.
Accomplishments and awards
- Dean’s Award 2011, Outstanding Service, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University
- PRism Prize 2011, co-editorship on special issue “Power and Public Relations“
- Global Cities Research Institute Grant 2010 “Making sense of corporate social responsibility in the Philippines“ $4500
- Stream Coordinators’ Commendation for paper titled, “Re-thinking power in public relations: A case of reluctant leadership?“, ANZCA Conference 2008, Wellington, NZ, July 2008
- Awardee, Achievement in Professional Practice, Filipino-Australian Women’s Achievement Awards, Awarded December 2007, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Successful RMIT Visiting Fellowship grant application for Professor Robert Heath, University of Houston, July 2004 (A$10,000)
Marianne’s research interests focus on international and multicultural communication, corporate social responsibility, global public relations, public relations education, public relations in Southeast Asia, organisational values and leadership, and organisational communication.
Current research projects
Global Public Relations: Social Responsibility and Education in the Asia-Pacific region
- Senior supervisor: Dashi Zhang, 'Corporate Social Responsibility in China', PhD (commenced 2012)
- Senior supervisor: Rizaldi Parani, 'Community Capacity Building in Public Relations Strategies: A Case Study of Kaolin Mining Corporations in Belitung Island, South Sumatra' (commenced 2012)
- Second supervisor: Pooja Dubey, 'Multicultural Arts and Audience Development from a Digital Marketing Perspective', PhD (commenced 2013)
- Senior supervisor, Jannet Pendleton, PhD 2013, 'Public relations, discourse practice and the public interest: An analysis of a health communication campaign'.
- Senior supervisor, Gregoria Yudarwati, PhD 2011 'The Enactment of Corporate Responsibility and Public Relations Practices: Case Studies from the Indonesian Mining Industry'.
- Senior supervisor, Anthony P. Jaques, PhD 2008 'Refocusing issue management: Bridging academic and practitioner perspectives'
- Senior supervisor, Warunyar Saadeam, PhD 2002 'Cognitive Consistency in Tourism Public Relations: A case study of Thailand’s 1992 "Bloody May" incident'
- Second supervisor, Nigel Starck, MA (Research) 1998 'Accredited or discredited?: A qualitative study of public relations education at Australian universities'
- Second supervisor, Minda Diloy, MA (Research)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Communication Studies) RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
- Master of Arts in Mass Communication, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
- Bachelor of Arts (Broadcast Communication) University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
- Sarabia-Panol, Z.,Sison, M. (2016). We are what we teach: The impact of persuasive communication on Philippine PR history and contemporary PR education In: Public Relations Review, , 1 - 11
- Sison, M. (2016). Diversity and inclusion in Australian public relations: towards a multiple perspectives approach In: Media International Australia, 160, 32 - 42
- Wake, A.,Sison, M.,Muir, R. (2016). 'Global Work Ready': Enhancing employability through resourced international internships In: WIL 2020: Pushing the boundaries - Proceedings of the 2016 ACEN National Conference, Sydney, Australia, 28-30 September 2016
- Sarabia-Panol, Z.,Sison, M. (2015). Contemporary public relations education in the Philippines: Its origins, influences and challenges In: Proceedings of the International History of Public Relations Conference (IHPRC 2015), Bournemouth, United Kingdom, 8-9 July 2015
- Sison, M. (2014). Gender, culture and power: Competing discourses on the Philippine reproductive health bill In: Gender and Public Relations: Critical perspectives on voice, image and identity, Routledge, Abingdon, UK
- Sison, M.,Sarabia-Panol, Z. (2014). The Philippines In: Asian Perspectives on the Development of Public Relations: Other Voices, Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom
- Sarabia-Panol, Z.,Sison, M. (2014). International public relations and the circuit of culture: An analysis of Gawad Kalinga In: Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, 14, 51 - 68
- Sison, M. (2013). Creative strategic communications: a case study of earth hour In: International Journal of Strategic Communication, 7, 227 - 240
- Sison, M. (2013). Strategic climate change campaigns: A case study of earth hour In: Proceedings of the the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, London, 17 June, 2013
- Sison, M.,Brennan, L. (2012). Students as global citizens: strategies for mobilizing studies abroad In: Journal of Marketing Higher Education, 22, 167 - 181
- Integrating Global and Local Venues in CSR: A Case study of Australian Multinational Companies. Funded by: Arthur W. Page Center Legacy Scholars Grants 2015 from (2015 to 2016)
1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions1 PhD (pub) Completions and 4 PhD Completions