Kevin S. Trowbridge, Ph.D., APR
Assistant Professor of Public Relations
Department of Public Relations
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
His social media profiles describe him as a believer, husband, relator, learner, educator, maximizer, researcher and strategist. He’s fascinated by relationships, public relations, learning and generally all forms of communication…especially when they involve social media, technology, gadgets, or Potato Heads.
And, Kevin Trowbridge gets to fuse those roles and interests as a member of the public relations faculty at Belmont University. He teaches Public Relations Principles, Social Media & Public Relations (#SoMePR), Public Relations Cases, and the Public Relations Senior Capstone. Additionally, Trowbridge serves as the faculty adviser to Belmont’s student-run firm, Tower Creative Consultants.
Trowbridge joined the Belmont faculty in Fall 2011, coming to Middle Tennessee from Lee University where he taught public relations and journalism courses, advised the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and coached two nationally recognized Bateman Case Study Competition teams. He also directed Lee’s student media operation as faculty adviser to the Lee Clarion, the campus newspaper, and the Vindagua, the university yearbook.
Before joining the faculty at Lee University, Trowbridge was a doctoral fellow at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va., where he is earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in communication. Prior to that, he earned the Bachelor of Arts in communication arts with a public relations emphasis from Union University, Jackson, Tenn., and a Master of Arts in communication from The University of Memphis (Tenn.).
Professionally, before pursuing the Ph.D. in communication and becoming a full-time educator, Trowbridge served as vice president for communications at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), an international higher education association headquartered in Washington, D.C. Prior professional experiences include public relations, marketing, and corporate communications positions in higher education, healthcare and banking/finance.
Professionally, Trowbridge is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), . He is also a member of PRSA Nashville Chapter. Trowbridge has been active in PRSA on the local and district levels. He is a past chair for the PRSA Southeast District and represented the district on the PRSA National Nominating Committee during 2015.
Previously, Trowbridge served the PRSA Lookout Chapter as PRSSA Liaison, vice president and professional development/programs chair and president. He also served as the chair of the programming committee for the inaugural 2012 PRSA Southeast District Conference.
Additionally, he has been involved with other professional organizations including the International Communication Association (ICA), National Communication Association (NCA), the Tennessee Communication Association (TCA), the American Communication Association (ACA), the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Social Media Club.
In addition to his institutional and professional activities, Trowbridge enjoys researching social media and new technology’s impact on communication and culture, engaging with young professionals through his church and collecting Mr. Potato Heads.