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Applied Communication Studies


Dr. Sarah VanSlette is a 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 classes at the undergrad and graduate level including 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 a journal article on corporate religious advocacy, a book chapter on PR for Startup companies, and a journal article on the uncivil marketing and PR of European airline, Ryanair.  Her research on “the St. Louis question” (“Where’d you go to high school?”) 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 the university level.

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