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Speakers » Terry Rentner

  • Professor

  • Bowling Green State University

  • United States

Dr. Terry L. Rentner, a professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, School of Media and Communication at BGSU since 1987, teaches public relations and journalism courses at the undergraduate level and pedagogy and health communication at the graduate level. Dr. Rentner is a health communication scholar in social norms research and programming. Her work as a principal or co-investigator in college student health has led to 22 state and federal grants totaling approximately $1.6 million.  Her primary research focuses on alcohol, tobacco, mental health, prescription drug misuse, and health-related issues in sports, while her secondary research advances public relations pedagogy. She has received several state and national awards for her health communication campaigns, including one from the U.S. Department of Education that named the university’s peer-focused alcohol program as one of eight top programs in the country. She has published more than 15 refereed journal articles and book chapters and has presented close to 50 conference papers. Her most recent article can be found in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. Her upcoming publications include refereed book chapters in Cases in Public Relations: Translating Ethics into Action, Oxford University Press and Indigenous Experiences of Pregnancy and Birth, Demeter Press. She is co-editor of You Make the Call: Case Studies in Sport Communication to be published by Routledge in 2018.

Dr. Rentner has served as chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations and most recently as the Director of the School of Media and Communication at BGSU. She has twice been a top five finalist for the BGSU Master Teacher Award and served for 20 years as advisor to the Public Relations Student Society of America. She is co-founder of the Richard Maxwell Project, created to foster student participation in sport media and communication activities and events.  She is instrumental is launching the NFL Journalism and Radio Boot Camp, a three day workshop that teaches current and former NFL players about column writing, reporting, blogging, and radio commentary. This March marks the fifth boot camp.