Robert E Brown

Robert E Brown

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: CC-131
Phone: 978-542-6463
Resume: Robert E Brown [DOC 129KB]

Fall & Winter Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
2555 01 COM349 Principles of Public Relations
2556 02 COM349 Principles of Public Relations
2563 01 COM450 Advanced Public Relations Writing
2573 01 COM505 Internship in Communications
2575 03 COM505 Internship in Communications
4081 04 COM500 Directed Study in Communications

Professional Biography

Robert E. Brown, Ph.D. Professor, Communications Dept, Salem State College Salem, MA 01970 978 542 6463 e: Robert Brown is professor of Communications at Salem State College. His career combines scholarship and teaching with positions as a corporate speech writer, magazine editor and public relations practitioner. He has held full-time faculty positions for 20 years. Prior to coming to Salem State College in l995, he was Assistant Professor in the Business Communication program at Bentley College; Assistant Professor in the Speech Communication Division of Emerson College; Visiting Professor in the Mass Communication Department of Boston University, and an adjunct in the Theater-Speech Department at Boston College. Since l990 he has been an Adjunct Professor at Harvard University Extension, teaching Writing for P.R. and Marketing, a graduate-level course. In 2004 he was named Harvard Extension School's Joanne Fussa Distinguished Teacher, on the basis of student evaluations. Professor Brown's professional background includes speech writing positions at two former Fortune 500 companies, Atlantic Richfield (now BP) and W.R. Grace & Co. He was also Director of the Publications department at Price-Coopers, the consulting and accounting firm. His speeches for corporate chief executives, including public policy speeches for two former CEOs of John Hancock have appeared in Vital Speeches of the Day. Professor Brown is the author of scholarly essays on public relations, propaganda and persuasion. He is a member of the editorial board of Public Relations Review, the peer-review journal that has published "St. Paul as PR Practitioner" (March 2003) "A Matter of Chance" (October 2003) and "The Propagation of Awe" (November 2004) and "The Eruption of Corporate Social Responsibility" (Winter 2008 in press). His analysis of the 2004 U.S. Presidential campaign appeared in a special issue of American Behavioral Scientist in 2005. His scholarlship is cited in textbooks on speech writing, research methods, public relations and writing for mass communication. As a writer for newspapers and magazines, Professor Brown's byline has appeared 13 times on the op ed page of the Boston Globe, and was excerpted by Readers Digest. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Toronto Globe & Mail, Honolulu Advertiser and Salem News. His feature article on economist Milton Friedman for Human Behavior was anthologized in the first issue of the Best of Business, published by Esquire Magazine and Xerox Corp. Creative publications include a chapbook of poetry, Gathering the Light (Red Hill Press: 1977) openspaces (1973), a small-press poetry magazine (1973) and The Little Madness (Laural Press, 1974). Professor Brown's poetry has been published in Potomac Review, 96 Inc, Portland Review, Altadena Review, Bachy and other small-press magazines. Collaborating with a colleague at Salem State Colleague Department, Professor Brown co-authored Alcover: Elegies (Merrick, NY: Cross Cultural Communications: 2004), the first book of English translations of Joan Alcover, an early twentieth century Spanish poet who wrote in Catalan. The book was named best faculty publication of 2004 by Salem State College. Professor Brown is a member of the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association (N.C.A.), P.R.S.A. (Public Relations Society of America), and the American Literary Translation Association. He is faculty advisor to the Public Relations Students Society of America and a member of the Publicity Club of New England, where his students at Salem State won a Bell Ringer (first place) for Special Event Publicity for l997, a bike trek that resulted in an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. He is a judge in the annual JFK Profile in Courage high school essay awards. In l998, Professor Brown received a Leadership Award in Public Service from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of Florida. Dr. Brown is Ph.D., English, University of Rochester and B.S., Economics, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professional Interests

Research interests include theory and of applied communication, including public relations. Other professional interests include assessment of higher education. Creative interests include American Studies, poetic composition, poetry translation


Professor, Communications Department Faculty Advisor, PRSSA (Public Relations Students Society of America) Internship Coordinator, Communications Department Search Committee Chair, Communications Department (AY 2007/08) Assessements Coordinator, Communications Department (Fall 2007) Program Review Coordinataor, Communications Department (AY 2004/2005) Diversity Subcommittee, Foundations of Excellence All-college committee RWI Research and Writing Peer-faculty Mentor (2005-present)

Selected Publications

Most recently:

Book Review. William Kornhauser, The Politics of Mass Society. NewBrunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2008. Leo Bogart, CommercialCulture: The Media System and the Public Interest. New Brunswick, NJ:Transation Publishers, 2008. In Public Relations Review, Winter 2008.

Book Review. Ronald D. Smith, Becoming a Public Relations Writer:Writing Process Guidebook for the Profession, 3rd ed. New York andLondon: Routledge, 2008. In Public Relations Review, Winter 2008.

"Sea Change: Santa Barbara and the Eruption of Corporate Social Responsibility," Public Relations Review, Winter 2008.

"Beyond Symmetry," Public Relations Review, 2006.

"The Dramaturgy of Kerry vs. Bush," American Behavioral Scientist, 2005.

Alcover: Elegies. Co-translation and co-authored with Kristine Doll. Merrick, NY: Cross Cultural Communications Press, 2004.

Selected Presentations

December 2008:

"Think Globally, Act Globally: Corporate Social Responsibility in Public Relations." Moderator of panel hosted by Publicity Club of New England (, Monday, December 1, 2008.

November 2008:

"Election Forecast Brunch." Panelist on the forecasting of the 2008 US Presidential Election. November 4, 2008, Emerson College: Communication Political Communication/Law Organization.

"The Redemption of Public Relations." Paper presented to Radical PR International Conference (, University of Stirling, Scotland, July 2, 2008.

"Reframing the Idea of Public Relations: Beyond Barnum to Aristotle, Paul and Machiavelli," Emerson College, Division of Organizational and Political Communication," Invited Guest Lecture, February 2007.

"PoliPop: Political Cartoons and the Cultivation of Political Engagement from "South Park" to the 2006 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race." he The American Popular Culture Association annual convention, Boston, MA, April 2006.

"Managing Problematic Internships," Experiential Learning Division of the National Communication Association annual convention, November 2006, San Antonio.

"Health Crisis Metaphors," International Academy of Business Communication annual convention, San Diego, March 2006.

Personal Interests

The Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics; the monologs of Lenny Bruce; Miles Davis, James Moody, Cecilia Bartoli, Truffaut's "The 400 Blows." The musical compositions and performances of Sasha Brown and his band.


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My wife's book in progress, platformed on a site that includes her nonfiction narratives.