Professor, Public Relations
116 Tichenor Hall
116 Tichenor Hall
- Tuesday 10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
- Thursday 10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
Brigitta R. Brunner, Biography
Brigitta R. Brunner, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Communication & Journalism at Auburn University. She serves as a Research Fellow with the Imagining America Engaged Undergraduate Research Group. She has previously served as a College of Liberal Arts Engaged Scholar, an Auburn University Provost’s Fellow, a Fellow in the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program, and a Fellow in the Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership in Diversity program sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Brunner was named Educator of the Year by the Public Relations Council of Alabama in April 2013. She was also honored by the AEJMC’s Public Relations Division in August 2013 with a Professional Freedom & Responsibility Outreach Award.
She has been on faculty at Auburn since 2002 and teaches public relations courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Brunner earned her B.A. in marketing communications at Juniata College (1993), her M.A. in communication at Auburn University (1995), and her Ph.D. in mass communication with a concentration in public relations at the University of Florida (2000).
Her research interests include public relations education, diversity, civic professionalism, and civic engagement. Brunner is the author/co-author of 26 refereed journal articles. Some of her work can be seen in Public Relations Review, The Internet and Higher Education, Teaching Public Relations Monographs, PRism, and Learning, Media, and Technology. Brunner has also presented 50 research presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. She was selected as the Winner of the Inaugural Public Relations Society of America Health Academy and Quinnipiac University Faculty Paper Competition in 2009, and she also won a PRCA Medallion Award in 2010. She is currently hard at work on an edited volume about civic engagement in the liberal arts, and with her work on the “Civic Professionalism: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Liberal Arts Education” grant funded by the Teagle Foundation.
Brunner frequently uses service-learning, civic engagement, and civic professionalism in her classes and works with community partners to develop solutions to local issues. Spring semester 2012, Brunner’s graduate students participated in the ANGA Collegiate Energy Challenge and won first place. This project has since gone on to win a PRCA Medallion Award of Excellence and a Southern Public Relations Federation Lantern Award. Fall semester 2012, her undergraduates competed in the same competition and earned a top-five placement.
Brunner’s involvement in professional service includes having chaired the Public Relations Division of the Southern States Communication Association and the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association. Currently, she is a member of the AEJMC Public Relations Division’s Membership Committee, past-chair of the NCA PR Division, and a member of the NCA Legislative Assembly and Nominating Committee. She has previously held the positions of vice-chair, vice-chair elect, and secretary of the Public Relations Division of NCA and Four-year College/University Representative to NCA for SSCA.
She serves as a vice president for the East Alabama Chapter of PRCA and as an advisor to the student PRCA and Public Relations Student Society of America chapters. She also served as a board member for the Lee County Literacy Coalition.
Last Updated: January 10, 2019