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. In the fall of 2020, she will teach her first special topics course in event planning.

In addition to teaching courses, Britten has served as the UNL Ad Club advisor since 2016, growing its membership and fundraising efforts to record levels. She is an advisor for the UNL National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) team. Britten has planned the annual NYC Media Tour for the last three years, yielding the largest groups to take advantage of this opportunity. She regularly mentors students through independent studies and honors projects. Her students have won Gold and Silver ADDY awards, AMA Prism and merit awards, and Best in Show at AIGA Nebraska SHOW. 

Britten has served on the AAF Lincoln board for four years. She is the current president and will continue this role into the organization’s next fiscal year. In addition to her presidency, she will serve as a co-chair for the 2021 American Advertising Awards for Nebraska. 

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, runs a growing small business, and traveling. She and her husband are closing out on their quest to tour all U.S. state capitol buildings, with only two to go.