Dr. Breann E. Murphy

Assistant Professor
396 Merrill Hall

Dr. Murphy joined the faculty at Jacksonville State University shortly after receiving her doctoral degree. Her main research interest, which she continues to pursue, is examining the leadership of women who serve in executive roles in the communication industry, specifically in the field of public relations. Samples of her scholarly work in this area can be found in academic journals, such as PR Journal and PR Inquiry. She has also published scholarship exploring athletic image repair and sport communication. Dr. Murphy serves as the Faculty Advisor of PRSSA, this university's award-winning professional student organization in public relations. Along with this service, she serves on the university's Women in Academia Support Group as the faculty representative for the College of Business and Industry and also serves as an academic advisor for the department's public relations and advertising concentration. Dr. Murphy is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which is the national professional association for public relations practitioners. In 2023, she was elected to the Executive Board for Alabama PRSA, the state chapter of this national association, by serving as Treasurer. In 2022, she also served as Programming Chair for Alabama PRSA. She also continues to conduct collaborative work with local nonprofits and public relations agencies, along with also serving as Secretary for the Public Relations Division for the Southern States Communication Association.

Breann Murphy


  • Ph.D. in Communication and Information Science (Mass Communication with Specialization in Public Relations and Management), University of Alabama
  • M.A. in Communication Management (Public Relations), University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.A. in History with a Minor in Legal Affairs, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Courses Taught

  • COM 306 Sport Communication
  • COM 330 Introduction to Public Relations
  • COM 340 Public Relations Writing
  • COM 345 Social Media Strategy
  • COM 380 Communication Law
  • COM 395 Ethics and Global Journalism
  • COM 400 Public Relations and Advertising Case Studies
  • COM 440 Public Relations and Advertising Campaign Management