He is an educator and professional, strategist, research, Learner®, enthusiast, Maximizer® and Relator®. And, Kevin Trowbridge gets to fuse those roles as a member of the public relations faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. He teaches a variety of core and elective courses, including Public Relations Research and Social Media & PR. He also advises Tower Creative Consultants, Belmont’s student-run firm.
Prior to coming to Belmont in 2011, Trowbridge taught public relations and journalism courses at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., advised the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), coached two nationally recognized Bateman Case Study teams and directed the student media operations. He also has experience in curriculum development, online course design and prior teaching experience at Regent University, Tidewater Community College and Union University.
After nearly a decade as a full-time public relations professional, Trowbridge followed his calling as an educator, earned the Ph.D. in communication and began teaching communication, journalism and public relations courses. Previously, he served as vice president for communications at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), an international higher educational association headquartered in Washington, D.C. Other professional experiences included public relations, marketing and corporate communications in higher education, healthcare and financial sectors.
Now as an educator, Trowbridge remains connected to the profession through active membership in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). He is the 2014 chair for the PRSA Southeast District, comprised of 11 chapters and about 2,200 members. Previously, Trowbridge served his local PRSA chapters through such positions as president, vice president, professional development chair and PRSSA liaison. Additionally, he has been involved with other professional organizations including the International Communication Association (ICA), National Communication Association (NCA), Tennessee Communication Association (TCA), the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Social Media Club (SMC).
In addition to his institutional and professional commitments, Trowbridge enjoys researching social media and new technology’s impact on communication and culture, facilitating the young professionals ministry at his church, and collecting Potato Heads.
Originally from Horse Caver, Ky., Trowbridge resides in Smyrna, Tenn., with his wife, Robyn, a furry feline named Frosty and their beagle named Bakster.