Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre


Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre

Associate Professor

Director, Southern Miss Speaking Center





Ph.D., University of Georgia - Department of Communication Studies

M.A., Texas State University – San Marcos, Dept. of Communication Studies

B.A., Texas State University – San Marcos, Dept. of Communication Studies



CMS 111 – Introduction to Oral Communication

CMS 111H - Honors Oral Communication

CMS 415 – Rhetorical Criticism

CMS 450 – Women and Public Discourse

CMS 460 – Public Advocacy

CMS 740 - Rhetorical Criticism

CMS 809 - Academic Professionalism

Faculty seminar on writing and speaking pedagogy



Social movement rhetoric, feminist criticism, public controversy discourse, rhetorical criticism, and Southern identity


Select Publications

Yook, Eunkyong L., & Atkins-Sayre, Wendy (Eds.).  (2012).  Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education:  Advantages, Challenges, and New Directions.  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books.


Atkins-Sayre, W. (2012). Snapshots of the South: Eudora Welty's Photography and Contested Images

of Race. Southern Communication Journal, 77(2), 77-93.


Atkins-Sayre, Wendy.  (2012). Recognizing the Past, Celebrating Change:  The “Mississippi, Believe It!” Campaign Redefines the South.  In A. Slade, D. Givens-Carroll, & A. Narro (Eds.), Mediated Images of the South: The Portrayal of Dixie in Popular Culture (pp. 107-122)Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books.


Atkins-Sayre, W. (2010). Articulating Identity: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the

Animal/Human Divide. Western Journal Of Communication, 74(3), 309-328.


Atkins-Sayre, Wendy.  (2010).  Protection from “Animal Rights Lunatics”: The Center for Consumer Freedom and Animal Rights Rhetoric.  In G. Goodall & J. E. Black (Eds.), Arguments About Animals (pp. 147-162).  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books.


Atkins-Sayre, Wendy.  (2009).  Governor Mom:  Jane Swift and the Body Politic.  In J. Edwards (Ed.), Gender and Political Communication in America:  Rhetoric, Representation, and Display (pp. 129-147).  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books.


Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (2005). Naming Women: The Emergence of Ms. as a Liberatory Title.

Women and Language, 28, 8-16.


Dr. Atkins-Sayre’s homepage:  http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~w739132/

Dr. Atkins-Sayre's CV:  atkins-sayre_cv_updated_9-2012.pdf