About Dr. Burnette
Dr. Burnette's teaching and research focuses on contemporary and historical issues in political discourse and public address. She has published research on presidential crisis rhetoric, the gender gap in U.S. politics, historical social movements, and the rhetorical role of the American first lady. Communication Studies students awarded Dr. Burnette the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence in 1994,1996, 2006 and 2009. The College of Fine Arts and Communication nominated her for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.
Dr. Burnette helped found Texas State's chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society in 1995. She has also served as a faculty advisor to the Texas State chapter of the Golden Key National Honor Society. Dr. Burnette also helps students with their speech performances in the Communication Lab.
Dr. Burnette has been invited to meet with faculty and make presentations at universities in Europe and Latin America, including the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), the University of Montesquieu (France), the University Montaigne (France), Duxx University (Mexico), and the Escuela de Agricultura de la Region Tropica Humeda (EARTH University, Costa Rica).
Sample of Courses Taught
COMM 3302 Rhetorical Criticism
Exploration of public, persuasive messages through application of the process of critical analysis. Focuses on developing the student's analytical, research, and writing skills and prepares the student to understand the influence of rhetorical discourse in political and social contexts. Prerequisite: 6 hours COMM. (WI)
COMM 4321 American Speeches
Analysis and evaluation of major American speeches and their influence on the history and culture of the United States from 1630 to the present. Prerequisite: COMM 1310. (WI)
COMM 4331 Persuasion
An investigation of rhetorical and behavioral theories of persuasion, the devising of persuasive campaigns, as well as the consumption and generation of persuasive messages in a variety of communication settings. Applicable for careers in business, law, and human relations. Prerequisite: 6 hours COMM or permission of instructor.
COMM 4345 Political Communication
A study of historical and contemporary political campaigns in the United States analyzing management strategies, promotional techniques, and rhetorical messages. Prerequisite: COMM 1310. (WI)
COMM 5323 Graduate Course in Rhetorical Methodology
A study of approaches to the analysis of public discourse directed toward establishing workable perspectives for students conducting rhetorical analysis. Required of speech communication majors
COMM 5342 Graduate Course in American Speeches
A graduate class on the analysis and evaluation of major American speeches and their influence on the history and culture of the United States.
COMM 5343 Graduate Seminar in the Rhetoric of Women's Rights
The study of the discourse of women's rights, including the 19th century suffrage movement and the 20th century women's rights movements.
COMM 5345 Graduate Seminar in Political Communication
Study of contemporary political communication, including the rhetoric of candidates and politicians, the structure of political campaigns, and campaign practices.