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Applied Communication Studies


Dr. Sarah VanSlette is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Communication Studies at SIUE. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication in 2006 as well as her M.A. in Communication in 2003 from Purdue University, specializing in Public Relations, and a B.A. in Communication and English (double major) from Saint Louis University in 2001. Her previous positions include: Assistant Professor at John Carroll University, adjunct faculty at Washington University St. Louis, Webster University, and the Consortium of Universities for International Studies, and public relations consultant. At Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, she teaches Public Relations Campaigns: Research and Planning, Public Relations Campaigns: Implementation and Evaluation, Public Relations Case Studies, Social Media for Public Relations, Introduction to Public Relations, Research Methods, Communication Theories, and Public Speaking. Dr. VanSlette’s research interests include public relations pedagogy, social media in public relations campaigns, and corporate reputation management. She approaches her study of public relations and strategic communication from a rhetorical perspective. Some recent publications include articles in Communication Quarterly and The Review of Disability Studies, and book chapters in the edited volumes Culture, Race, and Class-Based Perspectives in Public Relations at Lexington, The Handbook of Communication and Corporate Reputation at Wiley-Blackwell, and The Plugged-in Professor at Oxford University Press. She enjoys her ongoing research on “the St. Louis question” (“Where’d you go to high school?”). Her research on that question has been featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Riverfront Times, KSDK Channel 5, KMOX, and other local and national media. She serves as the Internship Director for the Department of Applied Communication Studies as well as in various capacities at university level. She currently serves the National Communication Association Public Relations Division on the Election Committee and as Chair of the Social Media Advisory Committee.

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