Dr. Cassandra Kearney serves the department of communication as the Director of Public Speaking (COMM 1200) and as the Director of Online Studies for the department’s online bachelor’s degree in communication. She teaches courses on business and professional communication, argumentation and advocacy, persuasion, and public speaking.
Dr. Kearney’s research focuses on issues of communication and violence. Specifically, she is interested in 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 and is featured in Rhetoric of Health & Medicine. Her work on shooting trauma and rhetoric is also available in the edited volume Reading the Presidency: Advances in Presidential Rhetoric.