​Ms. Bianca Shelton

Bianca Crawford brings her experience in finance, television and entrepreneurship to the classroom each and every day as she pushes students to become creative, strategic innovators in the field of communications.


Bianca Crawford is a seasoned public relations professional with over a decade of experience. She is an accomplished entrepreneur, educator and public relations strategist, Bianca Crawford brings over a decade of experience in public relations, marketing, strategic communications, contract negotiation and branding to the Mass Communications Department at Claflin University. Her classes are challenging and push each student’s creative and strategic abilities but provide real client experiences and address current communications problems.


  • Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina
  • M.A. Organizational Change and Leadership, Columbia College 

Research Interests

  • Social Media habits of African Americans
  • African American’s and the media


Bianca has worked in finance and television industry prior to creating the Crawford Austin Agency. Bianca previously served on numerous boards including the Benedict Allen Community Development Corporation, the Columbia Empowerment Zone and was a founding member of Columbia’s Opportunity Resource (COR).

Bianca has also served on the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board, Columbia Development Corporation (Executive Committee Board Member), Habitat for Humanity (Finance Committee), Harvest Hope Food Bank (Public Relations Committee), Greater Columbia Community Relations Council and served as the President of the Columbia Young Professionals, a division of the Columbia Urban League.

Bianca is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Columbia, a member of Women in Philanthropy and in 2008 was named one of the “Top 20 under 40”by the State Newspaper and Young Professional of the Year by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, you can find Bianca shopping, attending concerts or trying out the latest restaurant.

In the classroom, Bianca brings her years of experience running a full service Public Relations and Marketing firm (The Crawford Austin Agency) by infusing real clients and giving students the opportunity to handle real communications issues and create real strategies.

Activities and Honors

  • First Year Experience Teacher of the Year, Claflin University (2015) Panther Steps
  • Top 20 under 40, The State Newspaper, Business Journal
  • Young Professional of the Year (2008) Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce

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​Ms. Bianca Shelton
Instructor of Mass Communications
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Grace Thomas Kennedy, Room 202