Associate Professor Celeste Lawson is a national award winning university lecturer based on the Rockhampton campus of Central Queensland University, Australia. After graduating from her Bachelor’s degree in journalism Celeste completed a cadetship at a regional newspaper. She then joined the Queensland Police Service and served as a police officer for 14 years. She completed a Master of Professional Communication and began lecturing part time in journalism, public relations and professional communication, in addition to police work. After leaving the police, Celeste worked in senior media and communication roles for a number of government departments, including the Office of Crime Prevention in Western Australia and the Corruption and Crime Commission. Celeste became a full time academic at Central Queensland University and completed her PhD studies in the field of community policing and communication. Celeste’s research interests include organisational communication, organisational culture, social media, online professional development and distance learning. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education and is currently pursuing her Master of Letters.
Celeste is the Head of the Professional Communication course and supervises lecturers teaching into in public relations, communication practice and journalism. She also supervises Masters and PhD students.