Kelli Britten, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Practice

Advertising & Public Relations

Kelli Britten is an assistant professor of practice of advertising and public relations at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.


Britten regularly teaches campaigns, writing, strategy, branding and mass media courses. She developed the new permanent course, Event Planning for Branded Experiences + Activations, and the special topics course, Keeping Up with the Kardashian Brand.


In addition to teaching courses, Britten served as the UNL Ad Club advisor since for five years, growing its membership and fundraising efforts to record levels. She advised the UNL National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) team for three years. Britten planned the annual NYC Media Tour for last three years, yielding the largest groups to take advantage of this opportunity. She regularly mentors students through independent studies, graduate professional projects and honors projects. Her students have won Gold and Silver ADDYs awards, AMA Prism and merit awards, and Best in Show at AIGA Nebraska SHOW.


Britten is the Lieutenant Governor for AAF’s District 9. In this role she is responsible for the district American Advertising Awards competition as well as supporting AAF clubs in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Britten served on the AAF Lincoln board for five years. She was the last president of AAF Lincoln as she was instrumental in the merging of Lincoln and Omaha chapters to create AAF Nebraska. In addition to her presidency, she served as a co-chair for the 2021 American Advertising Awards for Nebraska. Prior to those roles she was the Education Co-Chair and worked with other volunteers and students to revitalize and rebrand the fall professional development conference for students.


Prior to joining the CoJMC faculty full time, Britten was the head of marketing for the Americas region at a global manufacturing company largely focused on branding, event planning and copywriting. Concurrently she was an adjunct instructor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Wesleyan University. Britten also spent several years in non-profit programming and marketing, as well as working at advertising and marketing agencies in Lincoln.
She earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska, and graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013 with a master’s in journalism and mass communications. Britten is pursuing a Ph.D. in human sciences with a specialization in leadership studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include female leaders using humor as a discursive strategy.


In her spare time, she loves DIY projects, talking about her dog Kevin, runs a growing small business, and traveling. She and her husband are closing out their quest to tour all U.S. state capitol buildings, with only Alaska to go.

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