Janel Shoun-Smith joined the Public Relations and Communications staff in June 2006. She holds a bachelor of science in communications from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a master's degree in corporate communication from Austin Peay State University. A seasoned reporter, Shoun-Smith has worked for several newspapers including the Naples Daily News in Florida, the Andalusia Star-News in Alabama, the Nashville Banner and the Tennessean's Williamson A.M. Upon arriving at Lipscomb, Shoun-Smith developed media relations strategies for promoting university news and events and building relationships with media throughout the country. In addition, she was responsible for developing a hometown news release program and a faculty expert resource list. Today her role includes overseeing all publications for the university from college magazines to annual reports and general writing for the university in addition to other responsibilities.