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Jennifer Johnson: Communication is Key.

Jennifer Johnson

Instructor in the Department of Communication and Journalism


After completing not only a bachelor's degree but also a master's degree at Auburn University, Jennifer Johnson became an instructor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at her alma mater. She teaches public speaking and numerous other communication and journalism courses. 


1. Where are you from and what originally brought you to Auburn University?

I am originally from Oxford, Alabama which is about two hours north of here. I chose to come to Auburn for my bachelor's degree because I had friends here. After getting my undergrad in Journalism, I went on to get my master's in Communication at Auburn as well. 


2. What is your normal teaching day like? 

I usually teach around three classes a semester. I teach speech classes along with other communication classes. I am a COMM 1000 program directed as well, so teaching tends to be the smallest part of my day. 


3. How did you decide to teach where you attended school?

Originally, I did not want to be an instructor. I was interested in working in health communication, but after I received my master's here, a position became available and I just fell into it. 


4. How is the Auburn family different as an instructor?

The Auburn family is a new Public Relations concept. It has developed in the last 2-3 years, and I have watched it take place. When I was a student here the idea of the Auburn family did not even exist, so I never thought about what it means as a student. 


5. What are your plans for your career path?

My husband and I plan to stay in Auburn. I attended school here, and we also have jobs here. We have a 3 year old son also, so Auburn will probably be where we stay. 


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