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Heather Woods


Heather Woods

Heather Woods will join the Department of Communication Studies faculty in the fall semester.


“I am excited to be teaching “Rhetoric in Western Thought” and “Rhetoric and Social Movements,” and to continue my research program at K-State.  I look forward to participating in the department’s vibrant intellectual community,” Woods said.


Woods, who also holds a master’s in communication studies from Baylor University, recently completed her doctorate in communication at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Her research interests include the intersections of rhetoric, media and technology studies. Her current research project analyzes artificial intelligence and personal assistants — i.e., Siri and Alexa — to understand gender in our developing technological landscape.


In addition to both regional and national conference participation, Wood’s research has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, and Teaching Media Quarterly. She also was recently named a K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Scholar for her work promoting democratic collaboration in both research and teaching and learning. She will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric, technology and social movements. Find out more at heathersuzannewoods.com. (http://heathersuzannewoods.com/)