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Brigitta Brunner, a professor from the School of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, has been selected as the inaugural editor of Journal of Public Interest Communications, or JPIC. The journal is a new scholarly journal publishing the latest research in public interest communications. JPIC will be housed in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida under the direction of Linda Hon, director of the Public Relations and Social Advocacy Project in the Center for Media Innovation and Research. JPIC is an interdisciplinary effort, featuring research on social science, neurological advances and communication research to inform campaigns launched by businesses, nonprofits and social movements in the public interest.

Brunner’s research focuses primarily on civic and community engagement and civic professionalism in public relations. She serves as a Research Fellow with the Imagining America Engaged Undergraduate Research Group. She has previously served as a College of Liberal Arts Engaged Scholar, an Auburn University provost’s fellow, a fellow in the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program and a fellow in the Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership in Diversity program sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Brunner was named Educator of the Year by the Public Relations Council of Alabama in April 2013. She was also honored by the AEJMC’s Public Relations Division in August 2013 with a Professional Freedom and Responsibility Outreach Award. She has been on faculty at Auburn since 2002 and teaches public relations courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Brunner earned her B.A. in marketing communications at Juniata College, her M.A. in communication at Auburn University and her Ph.D. in mass communication with a concentration in public relations at the University of Florida.