Teaches IMC 636 - Campaigns (Provided-Client Case)
Debra Brittain (Britt) Davenport is the president and chief executive of Davenport
Public Relations / Brand Urbanity, a full-service IMC firm with offices in Phoenix
and Los Angeles. She is also the founder and director of The Davenport Institute
LLC, an organizational and leadership development consultancy. The companies
provide services to a national and international clientele.
Dr. Davenport has worked extensively on both sides of the PR business – as chief PR counsel and also as a journalist, reporter, TV and radio host, celebrity fashion designer, and media resource. She has been a recurring guest expert on the Dr. Phil show, and has served as the corporate spokesperson for the Panasonic global brand. Dr. Davenport has been featured on FOX Television, Style Network, Yahoo, CBS Money Watch, VH1, KSYY-FM and CNN - and in such publications as Entertainment Weekly, A-List International, Elle, Marie Claire (UK), London Entertainment, In Style, Us Weekly, People StyleWatch, Los Angeles Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. She is currently a monthly columnist for Wiley Educational Publishing, and she has previously participated on the scholarly peer review committee for the Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. Dr. Davenport has also served as a fashion and lifestyle editor for several luxury publications, including Affluent Living Magazine (US), and U Magazine and U Men (Jordan).
Dr. Davenport is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (and Publicists Peer Group), the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, the Hollywood Radio & TV Society, the Public Relations Society of America, the Institute for Public Relations, the International Special Events Society, and other professional associations. She is represented by the Leighton Agency (talent) and listed on the Hollywood Celebrity Source roster.
Dr. Davenport’s research interests include branding, memetics, semiotics, media psychology,
and the study of PR as a social science. She has served on the WVU faculty since
2007, and the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral faculties of numerous US universities
since 1983. She received her BA and MA degrees in Communication Arts from Loyola
Marymount University in Los Angeles, and her PhD in Education, with a specialization
in communication, from the Empresarial University in San José, Costa Rica (NACES
US degree equivalency).
Past Student Feedback
- Dr. Davenport is an excellent instructor. Her knowledge in the world of PR is seemingly unmatched, making her a great professor to learn from. Also, her positive demeanor in her comments on assignments encouraged me to fix my mistakes and be the best student I could be.
- Dr. Davenport was very active on the discussion boards. She asked relevant questions that challenged my thinking which made me think more critically and dig deeper during my research.
- To say Dr. D is an exceptional Professor would be an understatement. She is kind, warm, engaging and fair. I learned a great deal from her. She's the greatest Professor I've ever had!