Kathleen F. McConnell is an associate professor of rhetoric studies in the Department of Communication Studies and Editor-Elect of The Review of Communication. She teaches communication theory, rhetorical criticism, and public advocacy, and coordinates two general education courses: COMM 100W: Writing for Influence and COMM 41: Critical Decision Making.
Her scholarship combines rhetorical criticism with critical university studies. She writes about academic life, professionalism, academic labor conditions, histories of higher education, and representations of college in popular media. She is finishing a monograph based on ethnographic and archival study of two regional state universities that attends to higher education’s artifice as a mode of critique.
She currently teaches a course on advocacy for SJSU’s doctorate program in educational leadership and a seminar on cleanliness and dirt in civic practice. Her next research project explores educational and non-educational spaces in which workers in the gig/creative/sharing economies interact with precarious academic laborers. A second project looks at the significance of founding the first feminist art program in the U.S. at Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno).
Ph.D., Rhetoric and Public Culture, Indiana University (2008)
M.A., Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University (2003)
B.A., The Evergreen State College (1997)
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- "Teaching and Learning in an Age of Precarity: Toward a Pedagogy of the Transitory" (Communication Education, 2019)
- "Fear of Etiolation in the Age of Professional Passion" (Text & Performance Quarterly, 2018).
- "Labored Speech: Reconsidering How Communication Studies Works" (The Review of Communication, 2018).