About me

WAS headshot 2007 I 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 it plays in forming identity.  I’ve 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 is an economist and the chair of the Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs Department at Southern Miss (Ward Sayre), my daughter will be a senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science this next year, and my son will be a freshman at Hattiesburg High 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 summer 2015:  By appointment.  Just email me.

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