Jean Sandlin, EdD

Associate Professor

Office: Swenson 245
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Dr. Jean Kelso Sandlin joined the CLU faculty after more than 20 years of professional experience in advertising, public relations and journalism. Prior to joining CLU in 2007, she served as creative director for an agency in the Pacific Northwest from 2000. She has directed campaigns for nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government development initiatives, environmental management companies, healthcare clinics and hospitals, and green retailers. 

In addition to her agency experience, Sandlin has served on the staffs of nonprofit organizations, including United Way and the Oregon Children's Foundation. She has also served as a writer for the Times Picayune, the largest daily newspaper in New Orleans. 

Sandlin was named to the Pacific Coast Business Times list of Who's Who in Clean Tech and Sustainability in 2010 and 2011. 

In 2012, Sandlin was named CLU Professor of the Year. In 2013, she was awarded first place for Best Practices in Teaching With Tools and Technologies by The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

She teaches courses in public relations and advertising. 

Sandlin is a member of:

  • The American Academy of Advertising
  • The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  • The International Communication Association
  • The National Communication Association
  • The Public Relations Society of America


Dr. Sandlin's expertise includes public relations and advertising strategy, including the impact of social media. 

Her research interests include authenticity, social media, digital storytelling, digital technologies and users’ perceptions of digital messages. Her work explores the possibilities for using social media as a tool for enhancing learning, increasing nonprofit capacity, strengthening brand identities, and fostering positive change in areas such as environmental sustainability and healthcare. 

Her most recent research focuses on the perception of authenticity in blogs, and the use of GPS-enabled tools to enhance learning. 





Doctor of Education, Higher Education Leadership, California Lutheran University

Master of Public Administration, California Lutheran University 

Bachelor of Arts, Communication, California Lutheran University