Cameron Conaway

Cameron Conaway

Adjunct Professor


Cameron Conaway, adjunct professor in the Professional Communication program, is an author, former investigative journalist, and corporate communications leader whose work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, NPR, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Washington Post, World Economic Forum, Newsweek, Forbes, and The Guardian, among other publications.

With an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona and an executive MBA from the University of San Francisco, Professor Conaway brings a multi-disciplinary approach to marketing, management, and communications. In various marketing and communications roles, he has worked with brands ranging from the United Nations and Rotary International to Silicon Valley startups focused on artificial intelligence.

His international experience includes living and working in Thailand for three years, and reporting and researching from India, Burma, and Ethiopia on critical issues of social and environmental justice.

Originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania, Professor Conaway now lives in San Francisco.


  • Digital marketing
  • Corporate communications
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Search engine optimization
  • Creative writing

Research Areas

  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Constructivist grounded theory
  • Critical qualitative inquiry


  • University of San Francisco, Executive MBA, 2020
  • University of Arizona, MFA in Creative Writing, 2009
  • Penn State Altoona, BA in Criminal Justice and English, 2007

Prior Experience

  • Senior Manager of Growth Marketing, Cisco Networking Academy
  • Head of Content Marketing, Webex by Cisco
  • Poet-in-Residence, University of Arizona
  • Adjunct Professor, Penn State University
  • Poet-in-Residence, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco Executive MBA Excellence in Scholarship Award (2020)

  • Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Fellow (2016)

  • Grant Recipient, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2015)

  • Grant Recipient, International Reporting Project (2015)

  • Richard Russo Award for Literary Criticism (2006, 2007)

Selected Publications