Dr. Kevin S. Trowbridge, APR, is an educator and professional, strategist, researcher, Learner®, Maximizer®, Relator® and all-around communication enthusiast. And, Dr. Trowbridge fuses 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 Principles, Social Media & PR, Public Relations Cases and Senior Capstone. He also advises Tower Creative Consultants, Belmont’s student firm.
Prior to coming to Belmont in 2011, Dr. Trowbridge taught public relations and journalism courses at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., where he also advised the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), coached two nationally recognized Bateman Case Study competition teams and oversaw the student media operations. He also has experience in curriculum development, online course design and teaching at Regent University, Tidewater Community College and Union University.
After nearly a decade working as a full-time public relations professional, Dr. Trowbridge pursued his calling to become an educator, earned the Ph.D. in communication (with an emphasis in public relations and social media) 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 include public relations, marketing and corporate communications positions in higher education, healthcare and financial organizations.
Now as an educator, Dr. 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 Accredited in Public Relations (APR) through PRSA and the Universal Accreditation Board. Dr. Trowbridge has been involved with PRSA at the local, district and national levels. Most recently he served as chair of the PRSA Southeast District, comprised of 11 chapters and about 2,200 members. Previously, he served his local PRSA chapters as president, vice president, professional development chair, membership chair, accreditation co-chair and PRSSA liaison. Additionally, Dr. Trowbridge has been involved with other professional organizations including the International Communication Association (ICA), National Communication Association (NCA), Southern States Communication Association (SSCA), 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, Dr. Trowbridge enjoys researching social media and new technology’s impact on communication and culture, leading a ministry to young professionals, collecting Potato Heads and experimenting with all kinds of technological gadgets.
Dr. Trowbridge is married to Robyn Clifford Trowbridge and they are the parents to a beagle named Bakster.