A A Email Print Share

Department Spotlight

Dr. Leeanne M. Bell McManus (Alumna)

Graduating Class and Major:

Ph.D. Rhetoric, Duquesne University 

Hometown:

Leechburg, PA

What is your position?

"Currently, I am the Vice President of the Eastern Communication Association. In April of 2018, I will become the President of the Eastern Communication Association, the oldest professional communication association in the United States. The organization is a distinguished service-oriented organization with a history of achievement in research, criticism, communication theory, and excellence in teaching."

How did your communication coursework prepare you?

"Many of the classes I took in the Department of Communication &Rhetorical Studies taught me how to apply theory to everyday situations. The practical application of complex theories has trained me to become a leader in my profession."

What's your advice for current and prospective students?

"Take every possible opportunity given to you and learn to create opportunities that serve your future profession. I learned to be a leader through service to others."

Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus is a professor at Stevenson University. Her publications include: Event planning: Communicating theory and practice (with C. Rouse & S. Verni), Conflict between persons: The origins of leadership (with R.C. Arnett & A.G. McKendree), and Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (with R.C. Arnett & J.H. Fritz).

Dr. Maria Del Guadalupe Davidson (Alumna)

Graduating Class and Major:

M.A. English, Duquesne University
M.A. Communication, Duquesne University 
Ph.D. Rhetoric, Duquesne University

Hometown:

Syracuse, New York

What is your job title? 

"Associate Professor & Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program;
Co-Director, The Center for Social Justice, at the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)."

How did your communication coursework prepare you?

"My training at Duquesne was invaluable. I received a broad and rich humanities education that prepared me to do critical and engaging interdisciplinary research."

What's your advice for current and prospective students?

"Read widely and bravely. Take courses that will challenge you and pull you outside of your comfort zone. Cultivate a spirit of inquiry."