Abby Brooks, PhD

Abby Brooks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


  • BA Communication Arts, Georgetown College
  • MS Communication Studies, Auburn University
  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Tennessee

Research/Academic Interests

  • Interpersonal and Organizational Communication including: Motivation, Politeness, Small Groups, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, First Ladies


Dr. Brooks has presented research at the Academy of Management Conference, the National Communication Association Conference, the Southern States Communication Association, and more. Her work can be found in several journals including:
  • Communication Monographs
  • Carolina Communication Annual
  • Performance improvement Quarterly
  • Syllabus
  • Women & Language
She has also co-authored book chapters including:
  • Rosalynn Carter, Mary Finch Hoyt, and the Media: The Rise of the Steel Magnolia. In L. M. Burns (Ed.), Media Relations and the Modern First Lady: From Jacqueline Kennedy to Melania Trump, edited by Lisa M. Burns (pp. 129-152). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. With Drs. Pamela G. Bourland-Davis and Jenni M. Simon.
  • Teaching persuasion and audience analysis via advertising and infomercials. In F. Mullen & W. L. Mullen (Eds.), Teaching Communication Creatively (pp. 19-22). Lynchburg, VA: Liberty University Press. With Dr. Andrew C. Tollison.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History

  • Academy of Management (Reviewer)
  • Eastern States Communication Association (Reviewer)
  • Georgia Communication Association (Team Leader)
  • Kentucky Communication Association
  • National Communication Association (Reviewer)
  • Southern States Communication Association (Reviewer, Association Officer, Committee Chair)
  • Cable News Network, Atlanta (CNN), Human Resource Generalist
  • Georgia Southern University, Professor, Assistant Department Chair, and Graduate Program Director
  • Communication Trainer/Facilitator
  • Editorial Board for International Journal of Leadership in Education and Southern Communication Journal


  • Professional Development Grants
  • Registered Neutral in the State of Georgia
  • Research Award
  • Teaching Award
  • Top Paper Awards