Communication Studies

Deborah A. Brunson

Dr. Deborah Brunson

Professor Emerita, Retired
Department of Communication Studies



  "A member of UNCW's faculty since 1991, I completed 24 years of full-time service June 1, 2016. I'll continue to teach on campus in the Communication Studies Department through the three-year long phased retirement program.

It has been an honor and a blessing to be able to pursue my life's passion -- teaching and scholarship.  To my colleagues -- thank you for your support and good humor along the way!

To my wonderful students -- you're the ones who have kept me on my toes and inspired me to continue developing my teaching and pedagogy.  20+ years of developing relationships in the classroom:  it has been such an awesome experience. Looking forward to continuing the journey, but at a slower pace!"

Two Churches, One Table (PDF), Our State Magazine, November 2018

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Dr. Deborah Brunson is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies where she teaches courses in communication theory, interracial communication, interpersonal communication and the discipline capstone. She has served as director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center, faculty co-chair of the Black Faculty and Staff Association, and coordinator of the Leadership Studies Minor. Deborah is lead editor on the books Interracial Communication: Contexts, Communities, and Choices and Letters from the Future: Linking Students and Teaching with the Diversity of Everyday Life. She has published in Communication Education, Communication Teacher, and Journal of Leadership Studies. Deborah is a recipient of the Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award and the Inclusive Excellence Award from UNCW'S Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.