Patti Harney

Patti Harney

Assistant Professor of Practice

Honors Faculty Fellow

Advertising & Public Relations


Patti Harney is an Assistant Professor of Practice and an Honors Faculty Fellow in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, following four years here as an adjunct.

A native of Nebraska, Patti received her Bachelor of Science in Education at UNL, and then spent her career in advertising “away from home.” Her first job was at J. Walter Thompson in New York City, where she became a Creative Director/Vice President - creating advertising for Burger King, Unilever, Goodyear Tires, and the Red Cross.

 After ten years in New York, Patti joined Leo Burnett in Chicago, where she was an Executive Creative Director and Senior Vice President. Throughout her nearly 20 years at Burnett, she had the privilege of writing and supervising creative work on a number of global brands; including McDonald’s, Hallmark, Always, 7-UP International, Kellogg’s, and Disney theme parks (Disneyland, Disney World and Disneyland Paris). Patti also contributed to Allstate Insurance and Toys R Us. Even though her role often involved writing for these clients, the real joy came from guiding young talent and helping them create their best work. 

She is delighted to return home and share her experiences with UNL students in her ADPR classes, as well as in the Honors Program.