Dr. Cassandra Kearney serves the department of communication as the Course Director for the introductory public speaking course (COMM 1200) and as the Interim Director of Online Education. She teaches courses on argumentation and advocacy, business communication, and public speaking.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Kearney’s research focuses on issues of communication and violence. Specifically, she is interested in investigating how various publics come to understand and cope with mass shootings. Her line of research is committed to revealing patterns of response and reporting following mass attacks in an effort to more clearly understand how to address future incidents of mass violence. Cassandra’s research has been presented at both national and regional conferences, including being awarded the top paper for political communication at the Central States Communication Association’s 2015 conference. Her work on shooting trauma and rhetoric will be featured in the edited volume Reading the Presidency: Advances in Presidential Rhetoric due to be published next year.