Park University Faculty

Dr. Joy Piazza

Joy PiazzaAssistant Professor
8700 N.W. River Park Dr.

Parkville, MO 64152


Dr. Joy Piazza joined Park University in 2013 and teaches in Park University’s graduate and undergraduate programs.  In addition to teaching in the graduate program, Dr. Piazza is the university’s first undergraduate public relations degree program dedicated faculty member. She has been teaching higher education since 2000 in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats, and was among the early adopters of online higher education course development and delivery beginning with a grant from the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education to bring a baccalaureate degree opportunity to rural Coloradans.

Dr. Piazza earned her Ph.D. from the award winning, top ranked University of Missouri-Columbia department of Communication.  She earned her M.A. in organizational communication from the University of Colorado-Denver.  Dr. Piazza is the recipient of several teaching awards including Women Honoring Women Outstanding Teaching Award, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana; Outstanding Faculty Award from the Intercollegiate Communication Organization at the University of Missouri-Columbia; and Recognition for Excellence in Teaching award, Delta Gamma Sorority, University of Missouri-Columbia.

In addition to college and university teaching, Dr. Piazza has enjoyed a robust career in executive leadership, business management and communication consulting, communication training, and professional facilitation in for-profit, not-for-profit, government, and higher education institutions.  She has been an invited speaker to groups large and small, served as an executive member of non-profit boards, served on city government leadership boards and committees, and is a certified arbitrator.

Dr. Piazza’s scholarly interests are grounded in communication ethics, intersecting organizational strategy, leadership, media, public relations, and marketing/development communication. Dr. Piazza’s most recent research projects examine strategic communication choices and outcomes for organizational leaders in traditional corporate and activist organizations. Her second research program brings communication theory to creative qualitative research methods in heretofore under examined contexts and means of expressing love.  Dr. Piazza has served on federal and state environment and energy grant teams, as well been the recipient of university program and development grants.  She is an active leader and presenter in international and national professional communication associations.