Terry Rentner, Ph.D.


Position: Professor
Phone: 419-372-2079
Email: trentne@bgsu.edu
Address: 326 Kuhlin Center


Dr.  Terry L. Rentner

Dr. Rentner teaches public relations and journalism courses at the undergraduate level and pedagogy, advertising, public relations, and health communication at the graduate level.  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 (PRSSA). She is co-founder of the Richard Maxwell project, created to foster student participation in sport media and communication activities and events. She has been instrumental is launching the NFL Journalism and Communication Boot Camp, a three day workshop for current and former NFL players that has taken place for four years at BGSU. This year, she will be a presenter at the NFL Broadcasting Boot Camp, the premier boot camp, which also takes place at BGSU.

Dr. Rentner is a health communication scholar and developer of social norms programming at the university. Her work as a principal or co-investigator in college student health has led to over 20 state and federal grants totaling approximately $1.5 million. Her primary research focuses on alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drug misuse, while her secondary research explores issue in public relations teaching.  She has received state and national awards for her health communication campaigns, including one from the U.S. Department of Education that named the university‚Äôs peer-focused alcohol program as one of eight top programs in the country.

She has presented over 50 conference papers and published refereed journal articles in Journal of Health Communication: International Perspective; Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research; International Journal of Communication and Health; Teaching Public Relations Monographs; Journal of Mass Media Ethics; Public Relations Review; and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Her blind peer reviewed and peer reviewed book chapters can be found in Indigenous Experiences of Pregnancy and Birth, Demeter Press; Talking Tobacco: Interpersonal, Organizational, and Mediated messages, Peter Lang Publishing: Ethical Issues in International Communication, Palgrave MacMillan; and, Public relations: From Theory to Practice, Pearson Education, Inc.

Her upcoming publications include a chapter on sport health in Cases in Public Relations: Translating Ethics into Action, Oxford University Press and a co-edited book titled: Case Studies in Sport Communication: You Make the Call to be published in August 2018.

She has also served as chair of the Journalism and Public Relations program and director of the School of Media and Communication at BGSU.


Ph.D. Social Psychology, Bowling Green State University
M.A. Mass Communication, Bowling Green State University
BSJ Broadcast Journalism, Bowling Green State University

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Journalistic Writing
Sports PR
Public Relations Campaigns
Communication Pedagogy: Preparing Future Faculty
Introduction to Strategic Public Relations
Strategic Public Relations Writing and Social Media Strategies
Public Relations Theory and Application
Journalism Law and Ethics
Introduction to Strategic Public Relations for Non-Majors
Specialized Public Relations projects
Specialized Journalism Issues
Field Experience
Advertising Research and Practice
Public Relations Research and Practice
Health Communication Campaigns

Select Representative Works:

Rentner, T.L. & Campbell, L. (Forthcoming). NFL concussion crisis is more than just a bad headache. In B. Brunner, & C. A. Hickerson (Eds.), Cases in public relations: Translating ethics into action. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Alsulaiman, A. & Rentner, T.L. (2017). The (mis)management of public health campaigns: A critical study of the coronavirus crisis in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Communication and Health, 11, pp. 66-75.