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Kelly Bruhn

Professor, Public Relations, and Associate Dean

Dr. Bruhn teaches undergraduate courses in public relations collateral materials, PR Campaigns and research. She also teaches courses in the Master of Communication Leadership (MCL) program. Prior to joining the Drake faculty, Bruhn created award-winning campaigns for Verizon Wireless and various nonprofit organizations. Bringing years of public relations agency experience into the classroom, Bruhn creates real-world situations that prepare her students for top internships and positions globally. She also serves as Associate Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Bruhn’s research interests include public relations pedagogy, international public relations, and agency-client relationships in public relations agencies. She earned her doctorate from Michigan State University, a master’s degree from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree in communications from Valparaiso University.

Bruhn is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism and Mass Communication National Honor Society.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-2124
Address: 2805 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

Office: Meredith 111A
Office Hours: By Appointment

Courses Taught

  • JMC123 PR Writing
  • JMC131 PR Collateral Materials
  • JMC136 Public Relations Research
  • JMC146 PR Campaign Strategies
  • MCL 201 Communication Leadership Strategies
  • MCL 203 Applied Communication Theory and Research