Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Media and Cultural Studies, Feminist Studies;
BA, Wayne State University; M.S., Illinois State University; Ph.D., University of Iowa.
Office Location: Centennial Hall 309
Office Phone: 512-245-3136
About Dr. Mandziuk
Dr. Mandziuk's research focuses upon the rhetorical uses of history, as well as upon the critique of contemporary images of women. She is the co-author of a book about the rhetoric of Sojourner Truth, and has authored numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as public memorials and museums, 1920's popular culture, television talk shows, and advertising.
Her essay, "The Rhetorical Construction of Sojourner Truth," co-authored with Suzanne P. Fitch, received the 2002 Rose B. Johnson Publication award from the Southern States Communication Association. She also received the 2008 Gender Scholar of the Year award from the Southern States Communication Association and the 2008 Multicultural and Gender Studies Faculty Member of the Year Award at Texas State University.
Dr. Mandziuk was selected as a Fulbright Scholar Award recipient in Poland and served as a professor in residence at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities in Spring 2011. She also was selected as Presidential Fellow at Texas State in 2003-2004 and was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow in 2005-2006.
Dr. Mandziuk actively participates in her academic associations. She served as Finance Board Director for the National Communication Association [NCA] in 2007 and 2010, and served as a member of the NCA Executive Committee from 2005-2007 and 2009-2010. Currently she is a member of the NCA Affirmative Action and Inter-caucus Committee, and has chaired the NCA Feminist and Women Studies Division and the NCA Women’s Caucus, as well as past membership on the Legislative Assembly, the Nominating Committee, and the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award Selection Committee.
She also has served as Chair of the Publications Committee and of the Rhetoric and Public Address Division in the Southern States Communication Association and as Chair of the Rhetoric and Public Address Division in the Western States Communication Association.
Dr. Mandziuk also is a past editor of the journal Women's Studies in Communication, and currently serves as an associate editor for Quarterly Journal of Speech. She has been a visiting scholar and teacher at both Moscow State University and the University of Amsterdam.
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 4307 Media Criticism
Explores the influence of media messages based upon communication and rhetorical theories in shaping perceptions and values. Focus is upon the rhetorical analysis of how the visual media of film and television communication social, political, and personal attitudes and behaviors. Prerequisite: COMM 1310.
COMM 4322 The Rhetoric of Social Protest
Explores the persuasive strategies used by protest and political movements to promote social and political change. Focuses upon the application of critical perspectives in understanding the stages, leadership styles, and rhetorical appeals characteristics of movements in American society. Prerequisite: COMM 1310.(WI)
COMM 5323 Rhetorical Methods
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 5327 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
A survey of the major contemporary theoretical perspectives and conceptual debates in rhetoric. Focuses upon critical interpretations and applications of theory in addition to study of the primary theorists' writings. Provides communication managers and consultants with tools and procedures for diagnosing and changing communication. Prerequisite: COMM 5319 or permission of instructor.
COMM 5343 Contemporary Rhetoric and Social Influence
The analytical study of speeches, speakers, groups, movements, and rhetorical strategies in contemporary society. Includes emphasis on the following topics: rhetoric and culture, rhetorical movements, and rhetorical genres. May be repeated with a different topic.
COMM 5355 Media Criticism
A rhetorical analysis of media from a Contemporary Cultural Studies perspective.