Dr. Bryan Reber, the C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership, has been named the head of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Grady College at The University of Georgia. In addition to his departmental and teaching responsibilities, Reber also directs the UGA Crisis Communication Coalition, dedicated to the study of crisis communication and strategic response to related issues.
Bryan’s primary teaching interests are public relations administration, public relations communication, and public relations campaigns. He has also taught persuasion, campaign research and public opinion management on the graduate level. His research focuses on public relations theory, practice
Prior to joining the Grady College, Bryan worked in public relations at Bethel College, Kansas. He has conducted research and consulted for the University of Alabama, Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network, Sierra Club, Ketchum, Missouri Public Service Commission, and others. He taught at the University of Alabama immediately prior to joining the Grady faculty.
Bryan received the Ketchum/Institute for Public Relations, Scientific Methods And Research Techniques (SMART) Grant/Internship in 1999. He has received top paper awards at the International Communication Association (2001) and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2003, 2000). In 2015, Bryan was inducted into the Arthur W. Page Society.
Bryan’s research focuses on public relations theory, practice and pedagogy. He has published his research in the Journal of Public Relations Research, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Communication Management, and Newspaper Research Journal among others. In addition, he has presented his research at numerous academic conferences.
Bryan has a B.A. in Speech and Drama from Bethel College, an M.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
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