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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Lisabeth (Lisa) D. Sisk

Title: Senior Instructor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-8605
Fax: 803-777-4103

School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 327
Columbia, SC 29208


Curriculum Vitae



B.S., Mass Communications, Lindenwood College
M.A., Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina


Lisa Sisk's research interests are crisis communications, nonprofit public relations and internal communications.


Ms. Sisk believes her students learn more effectively in an interactive setting. She structures her classes to combine lecture with opportunities for meaningful engagement and deep discussion. Her professional practice includes agency, corporate and nonprofit public relations, and she incorporates those experiences into her teaching.

She has received the Mary Caldwell Excellence in Teaching award from the SJMC, and three Mortar Board awards for excellence in teaching from the Mortar Board Society. She teaches Public Relations Campaigns, Crisis Communications, Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations, and the public relations Atlanta Maymester. At the graduate level, she teaches Integrated Communications Campaigns and the Camp Carolina writing program.


She loves spending all possible time with her daughter, son, daughter-in-law and 1-year-old granddaughter, who all live out of state.

Ms. Sisk is an active foster parent for Pawmetto Lifeline, a non-euthanizing shelter whose mission is to end pet overpopulation in the Midlands. Her house is full of cats and dogs, but she does not consider herself a crazy cat lady. She is a former federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator, raising and caring for thousands of injured and orphaned native wild animals. Therefore, her back yard has been left untamed to provide enhanced habitat for native species of songbirds; at least that’s the excuse she gives her neighbors.