Meet Our Team

Kelly Poniatowski, PhD

Adjunct Faculty

Department: Communication & Media Arts

Office Location: Lancaster

Kelly Poniatowski earned her PhD from Penn State University in 2008. After teaching public relations, sports communication, and journalism full-time in higher education for 15 years, she returned to the corporate world. She is currently employed by Mometum Inc. and serves as a consultant for the PA Department of Human Services, overseeing quality management and communications. Prior to 2008, she spent 7 years working in professional sports for the Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL), the Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB), and the Washington Capitals (NHL). She resides in Lancaster with her family who enjoy camping, hiking, and kayaking.


PhD in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
MA in Corporate Communications, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
BA in Public Relations and Creative Writing (Dual Major), University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, PA

Courses Taught:

Com 110: Principles and Practices
Com 201: Communication Ethics
Com 212: Media: Conveyor of Cultural Ideas

Publications/Creative Works:

Invited Book Chapters

  • Bellamy, R. & Shultz, K. (2006). Hockey Night in the United States? The NHL, major league sports, and the evolving television/media marketplace? In D. Whitson & R. Gruneau (eds.), Artificial Ice: Hockey, culture, and commerce. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, pp. 163-180.
  • Edited Encyclopedia Entries
  • Poniatowski, K. (2013). Lake Placid. In Murry, N. (ed.), American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols and Ideas, Westport, CT: Greenwood, p. 685.
  • Poniatowski, K. (2013). Shaun White. In Murry, N. (ed.), American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols and Ideas, Westport, CT: Greenwood, p. 1450.
  • Poniatowski, K. (2011). Washington Capitals. In Swayne, L. E. & Golson, J.G. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. Washington, DC: Sage Publications Inc, pp. 1645-1646.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Poniatowski, K. and Johnson, K. (July 2, 2023). Infusing media analytics content into a communications curriculum: Partnering with athletics using experiential learning. Communication Teacher,
  • Poniatowski, K. (March 2019). Assessing Flipped vs. Traditional Classrooms: Is flipping really better?. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 1-16.
  • Poniatowski, K. and Easton, R. Are you Divergent?: Teaching the Modern-Day Dystopian Novels in the Classroom.( Fall 2017). Pennsylvania Reads, 16(1), 18-24.
  • Krakowiak, M., and Poniatowski, K. (2014). “I’m Not a Doctor, But I Play One on TV: The Effects of Context and Character Perceptions on Endorser Effectiveness. International Journal of Communication, 8, 2469-2487.
  • Poniatowski, K. (2014). “’The nail polish underneath the hockey gloves’: NBC’s framing of women hockey players in the 2010 Winter Olympics”. Journal of Sports Media, 9(1), 23-44.
  • Poniatowski, K. (2012). Getting Students Ready to Write: An Experiment in Online Teaching and Learning. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. 67(2), 120-133.
  • Poniatowski, K., & Hardin, M. (2012). “‘The more things change, the more they….’: Commentary during women’s ice hockey at the 2010 Olympic Games”. Mass Communication and Society, 15, 622-641.
  • Poniatowski, K., & Whiteside, E. (2012). “Isn’t he a good guy?”: Constructions of Whiteness in the 2006 Olympic Hockey Tournament. Howard Journal of Communication, 23(1), 1-16.
  • Poniatowski, K. (March 2011). ” You’re Not Allowed Body Checking in Women’s Hockey”: Preserving gendered and nationalistic hegemonies in the 2006 Olympic ice hockey tournament”. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 19(2). Accessed on August 28, 2011 online:’re+not+allowed+body+checking+in+women’s+hockey%22%3a+preserving…-a0263258653
  • Hardin, M., Shain, S., & Shultz-Poniatowski, K. (2008). There’s No Sex Attached to your Occupation: Feminism and the Revolving Door for Young Women in Sports Journalism. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 17(1), 68-79. Accessed on August 28, 2011 online:’s+no+sex+attached+to+your+occupation%22%3a+the+revolving+door+for…-a0220136000

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