Leigh Browning, Ph.D.
Professor of Business Communication and Marketing & Miller Professor of Entrepreneurship
Office: Classroom Center, Room 212B
Dr. Leigh Browning joined the WTAMU faculty in 1991, and now serves as Professor of Mass Communication. Dr. Browning was the director of broadcasting, coordinator of Maroon Productions, an on-campus student production company, and faculty adviser for KWTS, 91.1 FM, the campus radio station, from 1991-2010. She received the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award from Kansas State University where she earned a Masters Degree, Best Faculty Member at Ottawa University in 1989 and WTAMU’s most prestigious teaching award, the University Teaching Excellence Award in 1995. Dr. Browning has been named Advisor of the Year at WT four different times. She received a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi in Mass Communication where she served as a visiting professor. Dr. Browning brings real world mass media experience to the classroom as she has worked in commercial radio as a News Director and Morning Show host, a television anchor and freelance reporter for CNN and Phillips Recordings Studios in Tokyo, Japan, and served on the production staff of television shows, commercials, documentaries and major motion pictures. Dr. Browning is listed as a Specialist with the Fulbright Foundation. In 2004 she was given the highest honor from the National Broadcasting Society by being named Advisor of the Year. She was also given this award in 2007 and 2009. As of the year 2009 the WTAMU Broadcasting Program has won more than 50 national titles for audio and video production, script writing, web design and community service. She is one of three partners in emerging media companies, GNUMediaLab, Inc., EyeOnMedia, LLC, and is a research partner in the academic research team of BUFFMinds. Marketing consultation clients include Mirage Entertainment Group and MGM Grand, Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas, Nevada, acclaimed music groups, regional startups, and tier one companies. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Emmy Foundation, and a host of other media professional associations. Dr. Browning is certified in Avid, After Effects, Pro Tools, and the society of Broadcast Engineers (CRO). Browning has been a Fellow with the International Radio and TV Society, the National Association of TV Program Executives, and is an Emmy Fellow with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation. Dr. Browning has received awards for her research, service, and teaching. Dr. Browning was the recipient of 2 of her field’s most prestigious awards. The Amarillo Chapter of the American Advertising Federation awarded her the Silver Medal in 2010, and WTAMU named her the 2010-2011 Magister Optimus (Best Professor) at WT. Most recently, Dr. Browning was a recipient of the Texas A&M System Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award four times for the 2011 and 2012 academic terms. The Amarillo Advertising Federation awarded her with the Mosaic Production Award for her body of work in 2012. To date, her awards in production range from local accolades to international distinction. She has been awarded international Tellys more than half a dozen times for production coordination of documentary filmmaking. Browning was selected to be the keynote speaker for the August 2011 Commencement Ceremony at WTAMU, and is often a sought after keynote speaker on all things new media.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. Browning teaches Business Communication, Marketing, Emerging Media and Special Topics courses in Entertainment Law and Integration
Dr. Browning has a robust service record, and is often sought as a keynote speaker for conferences and conventions
Dr. Browning is also very involved in the community service aspect of her community. She serves on two non-profit boards, and volunteers at various community functions and fundraisers.
Research and Creative Activity Dr. Browning’s research interest involves everything from live shows in Vegas to the success of television programming, political strategy, entertainment legal issues, and emerging media developments.