Terry Rentner, Ph.D.


Position: Professor
Phone: 419-372-2079 Fax: 419-372-0202
Email: trentne@bgsu.edu
Address: 326 Kuhlin Center



Dr.  Terry L. Rentner, a professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations at BGSU since 1987, where she teaches public relations and journalism courses at the undergraduate level and pedagogy and health communications 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. 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 Communication Boot Camp, a three day workshop that teaches current and former NFL players about column writing, reporting, and radio commentary.

Dr. Rentner is a health communication scholar and developer of social norms research and programming efforts 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 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 15 refereed journal articles and book chapters and has presented close to 50 conference papers. Her most recent publication can be found in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.  She has also 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.


Ph.D. BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio. Social Psychology
M.A. BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio. Mass Communication
BSJ BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio. Broadcast journalism


JOUR 2000 - Introduction to Journalistic Writing
JOUR 3440 - Public Relations Writing
JOUR 4400 - Public Relations Campaigns
COMS 6200 - Communication Pedagogy
COMS 7670 - Persuasion