Courtney Carpenter Childers, Ph.D.

Dr. Courtney Carpenter Childers (Ph.D., Alabama) joined the School of Advertising & Public Relations faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2006. Her research interests deal with societal issues and advertising and how digital media is changing the advertising and public relations landscape. Dr. Childers has published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Media Psychology, Journal of Food Products Marketing, Journal of Current Research and Issues in Advertising, Communication Teacher and the Journal of Consumer Affairs. Dr. Childers has taught courses in Advertising and Public Relations Research (ADVT/PBRL 340), Advertising Media Strategy (ADVT 360), Advertising Management (ADVT 450), Advertising Campaigns (ADVT 470), Public Relations Campaigns (PBRL 470), Advertising Masters Project (ADVT 590), and an elective course in Social Media (ADVT/PBRL 461/561). She is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the American Academy of Advertising (AAA), and the International Communication Association (ICA) where she serves on various internal committees and regularly presents her research.


Dr. Childers (@courtchilders) is the Executive Director of the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center (@ccismcc on Twitter & Instagram) housed in the College of Communication & Information at UT. In addition, Dr. Childers served as Chair of UT Social Media Week (UTSMW) from 2011-2017. UTSMW is a week-long special event held in the College of Communication & Information where well-known speakers and panelists traveling from across the country convene in Knoxville to share social media expertise. In five years, speakers and panelists from Dell, Facebook, Nike, Salesforce, UT Athletics, Buzzfeed, CNN and others have participated in #utsmw. For more information, please visit the UTSMW website at and follow @utsmw on Twitter.


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