Sara Newman holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in the History of Art, and a Ph.D.in Rhetoric (University of Minnesota, 1998). As a member of the English Department graduate program in Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice, she teaches writing, literature, and rhetorical theory.
National Communication Association
Janet Meyer teaches in the areas of persuasion, communication theory, communication and cognition, measurement & analysis, research methods, and language & meaning. Her recent research has focused on factors influencing the production of regretted messages, learning from regretted messages, the cognitive processes underlying the production of requests, politeness in request messages, and the effect of situational factors on the pursuit of secondary goals.
Jeff has over 30 publications that advance an understanding of communication in three main areas: 1) communication technologies and human interaction, 2) interpersonal and family communication from diverse cultural perspectives, and 3) instructional communication effectiveness.
Research Interests: History and Criticism of Public Address, The Rhetoric's of Art, Music and Popular Culture, Movement Studies, Rhetorical Epistemology
Current Research Projects: The Rhetoric of the Motorcyclists' Rights movement; "From 'On the Beach' to 'The Day After': The Nuclear Holocaust Genre"; "The Rhetoric of the Tea Party Movement" "Competing Ideologies of the Vietnam Era: Voices from the Cultural Divide"