Linda M. Hagan, Ph.D., serves as the Chair of the Business Communications Department and the Director of the Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership at Walsh College. She also teaches graduate courses in strategic and leadership communication, management communications, public relations strategies, and undergraduate courses in business communications.
Before joining Walsh College as a Professor in August 2007, Dr. Hagan was an Assistant Professor and Director of Off-Campus Programs in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, Mich. She also has taught at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, N.Y., and at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a Ph.D. in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and a cognate in Strategic Management.
Dr. Hagan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in marketing from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is the author of several professional journal articles focusing on organizational communication, ethical communication practices, and communication assessment. She also frequently writes articles for local newspapers on the importance of communication in the workplace. Dr. Hagan’s research interests, primarily specializing in qualitative research methods, include corporate reputation, organization-public relationships, and strategic leadership communication.
With over 15 years of corporate experience, Dr. Hagan worked for Volkswagen of America Inc. in Troy, Mich., in corporate public relations and as a District Sales Manager for Audi of America in San Francisco. She was a Publications Consultant for Land Rover North America, in Lanham, Md.; and developed Centre Lines, the publication for U.S. Land Rover dealers. Her first professional position was as a Marketing Representative in the Display Advertising Department for The Detroit News.
Dr. Hagan regularly conducts seminars and workshops on leadership communication to professional associations and community groups. She is a member of the Academy of Management, an accredited member (APR) of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and an active member of the PRSA Detroit Chapter. She is a former Board of Directors member of the PRSA Detroit Chapter and co-chair of the PRSA Detroit Ethics Committee and continues involvement with the Ethics Committee and Senior Council. Dr. Hagan earned Toastmaster International Competent Leader and Competent Communicator levels and is a member of Toastmasters Walsh College-Novi.
Last updated: July 2016