Brunner receives award for most-viewed article 

Brigitta Brunner with Brad Yates
Brunner (pictured right) accepts the award with one of her other co-authors, Brad Yates. 

Brigitta R. Brunner, a professor of public relations in the School of Communication and Journalism, was recently awarded the Chuck Lubbers Most-Viewed Article Award. Brunner and her co-authors from other universities, Kim Zarkin and Brad Yates, were presented with the award by the Journal of Public Relations Education, which is affiliated with the Public Relations Division of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) during its annual conference. The award recognizes the article for being the most-viewed article published in the Journal of Public Relations Education in the last year. The article, “What do Employers Want? What Should Faculty Teach? A Content Analysis of Entry-Level Employment Ads in Public Relations,” is also the third overall most-viewed article in the journal’s five-year history. AEJMC’s Public Relations Division is the largest organization of public relations educators in the world. Its 400+ members represent institutions of higher learning in the United States and about two dozen countries around the world.

Brunner serves as the editor of the Journal of Public Interest Communications. She has previously served as a Research Fellow with the Imagining America Engaged Undergraduate Research Group, 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 AEJMC.

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.

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Written by Vicky Santos | Director, News & Media Services | College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University 

Last Updated: August 21, 2019