Theomary Karamanis

Theomary Karamanis

  • Senior Lecturer

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Faculty Expertise

  • Executive presence and influence
  • Management Communication
  • Crisis Communication and Issues Management
  • Strategic Communication
  • Leadership coaching and training


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management


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Dr. Theomary Karamanis is a multiple award-winning communication professor and consultant with 25 years of global experience. She is currently a full-time Senior Lecturer of Management Communication at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and regularly delivers executive education programs in leadership communication, crisis communication, and strategic communication. She has held several professional leadership positions, including Chair of the GCCC (Global Communication Certification Council); Chair of the IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) Academy; and Chair of the IABC Awards committee.

Her academic background includes a PhD in communication studies, a Master of Arts in mass communication, and a post-graduate certificate in telecommunications –all from Northwestern University, as well as a bachelor's degree in economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business. She also holds professional certifications as a Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP), online facilitator, and executive program instructor.

Dr. Karamanis has been actively engaged in various industries (private, non-profit and government) and fields of expertise, including corporate communication, media and PR, higher education administration and teaching, and consulting. She has lived and worked in Canada, Greece, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America.

She is the recipient of 40 professional communication awards, including 12 Platinum MarCom awards, 7 Gold Quill awards, 4 Silver Quill awards and a Comm Prix award. In 2020 she received the Award for Excellence in Communication Consulting by APCC (Association of Professional Communication Consultants) and ABC (Association for Business Communication). She is the author of several books and academic papers on communication, while she also regularly delivers presentations at international conferences and other business forums.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 IABC Gold Quill Award (2017) International Association of Business Communications
  • 2016 Platinum MarCom Award (2016) Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP)
  • 2015 Silver Leaf Award (2015) International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
  • 2014 Gold Quill Award (2014) International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
  • Comm Prix Award (2013) Global Alliance of PR and Communications Professionals

Recent Courses

  • NBA 6682 - Crisis Communications for Business Leaders
  • NBAE 6682 - Crisis Communications for Business Leaders
  • NMI 5000 - Directed Reading & Research
  • NBAE 6915 - Executive Presence 1
  • NBAW 5680 - Management Communications
  • NBA 5680 - Management Presentations
  • NBAB 5680 - Management Presentations
  • NBA 5670 - Management Writing

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Northwestern University, 1999
  • MA Northwestern University, 1996
  • BS Athens University of Economics & Business, 1995