About me

Photo on 2013-03-08 at 11.43 #3I am an associate professor of communication studies and Speaking Center Director at The University of Southern Mississippi.  I study rhetoric, focusing on the role that rhetoric plays in forming identity.  I have published in the areas of Southern identity, social movements and animal rights, visual rhetoric, and women and the media.  I also publish work in the area of communication centers and peer tutoring.

Here’s my full curriculum vitae.

I completed my PhD at the University of Georgia and my MA and BA at Texas State University–San Marcos.

I’ve previously taught at Texas State University (as a teaching assistant), Del Mar College, Denison University, University of Georgia (as a teaching assistant), and Agnes Scott College.

I grew up in Portland, Texas.  I’ve also lived in San Marcos, Austin, and Corpus Christi, Texas; Gambier, Ohio; and Decatur, Georgia.

My husband also teaches at Southern Miss (Ward Sayre), my daughter attends the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, and my son is at Burger Middle School.  I like to run, knit, watch movies, and walk my dogs.

Find me:
wendy.atkinssayre@usm.edu
Dept. of Communication Studies, University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Dr., Box 5131, Hattiesburg, MS   39406
601-266-4271
Liberal Arts Building 475
Office hours spring 2015:  M/W 12-1 in the Speaking Center (Cook Library 117), T/Th 11:30-12:30 (in LAB office–471).  I’m happy to meet outside of these times, but try to set up an appointment via email.

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