Associate Professor Dr Padma Priya Pillai

Associate Professor Dr Padma Priya Pillai

  • Associate Dean (International)
Department of Communication


An experienced professional with demonstrated ability in lecturing, mentoring, supervising, programme coordinating and researching in the field of academic for the past 20 years. Have working knowledge and experience in print journalism, scriptwriting, instructional designing, language training, editing and publishing. Possess excellent communication and leadership skills, dynamic characteristics and result-oriented work ethics coupled with an excellent academic track record and student engagement activities. Apart from lecturing, having had assumed the role of Academic Coordinator, Club Advisor, Special Project Supervisor, Senior Project & Internship Supervisor in the past. Current responsibilities include but not limited to lecturing, Sunway Communication Networking Club (S.C.N. Club), developed new programme BSc (Hons) Marketing with Psychology and supervisor of final year Marketing and Communications Research Project and masters students.


Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D in Human Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia (2020)
  • Certificate of Academic Practice (C.A.P. 1) Lancaster University
  • UK Master of Language and Media Communication Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia (2008)
  • BA (Hons) English and Journalism, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia (1999)

Research Interests

  • Human communication
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Wellbeing

Notable Publications

  1. Pillai, P., & Shanmugam, V. (2016). I feel connected: A comparative study of students' engagement and lecturers' credibility. Journal of Media Critiques, 2(8), 215–227. doi: 10.17349/jmc116216.
  2. Pillai, P. (2015). Facebook: Lecturers' personality, credibility and students' performances. The Online Journal of Communication and Media, 1(1), 17–22. 

Achievements & Accolades

  1. Awarded the Certificate of Recognition as an Upper Iowa University (U.I.U.) teaching faculty
  2. Responsible for the conceptualization of REVIVE Inter-College Competition for 1Malaysia Intercultural Event and lead SEGi College Subang Jaya to win the 1st Prize of RM10,000.00
  3. Master of Ceremony for 2nd CAMBRIDGE-OXFORD-SUNWAY BIOMEDICAL SYMPOSIUM Stem Cells: From Biology to Therapy on 21– 22 November 2017 JC1, Sunway University, Malaysia
  4. Participant for Educational Development Programme, Lancaster University, U.K. (2 – 13 March 2018)
  5. Master of Ceremony for Public Relation Forum: Industry 4.0: Communicating Strategically on 17 April 2018, Sunway University.
  6. Moderator for the C.E.O. Inspirational Series 2018 featuring Mr Malek Ali, Managing Director of B.F.M. Media on 26 April 2018, Sunway University.
  7. Sunway university Internal Programme Quality Auditor (2017 till present)