Professor of Advertising

332 Andersen Hall


Ruth E. Brown is a professor in the Advertising and Public Relations Sequence at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. A professional in the field for 15 years, Brown was an associate professor at a sister institution where she taught for 15 years before joining UNL in 2008. At UNL, Brown teaches a variety of classes including research, strategy and writing; she also puts classes online.

“It’s exhilarating to be at UNL where so much is happening,” she said. “Agencies are just a few blocks away, speakers are abundant, faculty members motivate and inspire one another, and the students are competitive.”

A proponent of distance education, Brown’s research on “The Process of Community Building in Distance Learning Classes” was first published in 2001 by the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, was translated into Italian for a special edition of Inchiesta, and has been cited in more than 460 articles.

Her most recent publication is “‘New’ Holistic Mass Media Business Model,” which was published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. She hopes it will help startups and independent media find a business model that will bring long-lasting success.

Brown has guided her undergraduate students to numerous awards and recognitions including selection for:

  • nationally competitive internships such as those offered by BBDO, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Advertising Federation, and the Association for Advertising Agencies of America
  • juried presentations at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research
  • national, district and state gold ADDY Awards
  • Nebraska Public Relations Society of America Paper Anvil Awards.

A member of the UNL Graduate Faculty, Brown also works with CoJMC masters students who are preparing their theses and professional projects, the most recent of which is “Case Study on the First-time Use of a Webinar to Train Independent Bicycle Dealers.”

With degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications from UNL and from Ohio University, Brown received her Ph.D. from UNL in Educational Administration/ Curriculum and Instruction with cognate classes in journalism.

Recognitions she has earned include: the top award for research presented in 2012 by the National Federation of Press Women, the Leader in Communication Award from Lincoln’s chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators in 2010, the Communicator of Achievement Award from the Nebraska Press Women in 2007, Outstanding Professor of the Year from The Order of Omega Honor Society in 2005, and awards from the American Advertising Federation for support of minority students in advertising.

Curriculum vitae available upon request.

John Bender