Dr. Susan A. Siltanen. The Communication Studies Department sadly reports the death of Dr. Susan A. Siltanen, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Communication Studies. Dr. Siltanen began her career as a high school teacher in Tampa, Florida and earned an M.A. at the University of South Florida and the Ph.D. at the Ohio State University. For 32 years she taught and performed administrative duties at Southern Miss. She served her profession, department, and university throughout her career. She was Executive Director and President of the Southern States Communication Association. She was a demanding and beloved teacher who mentored students into a variety of professional roles. Dr. Siltanen studied language and metaphor throughout her career, specializing in language and gender. As Dean of the Graduate School she was a strong advocate for graduate students, initiated a university-wide research symposium, and led efforts to secure health insurance for graduate assistants. She will be dearly missed by her colleagues. She is survived by husband Dr. Lawrence A. Hosman and daughters Sarah Siltanen Hosman and Laura Siltanen Hosman.
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