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Wendy Atkins-Sayre

CHAIR, COMMUNICATION & FILM

Phone
(901) 678-2565
Fax
(901) 678-4331
Office
213 Arts & Communication Building
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Contact for office hours and appointments.
Wendy Atkins-Sayre

ABOUT

Dr. Atkins-Sayre is Department Chair and Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies, joining the faculty in 2019. She teaches courses on oral communication, rhetorical criticism, gender and rhetoric, and social protest and controversy.

Dr. Atkins-Sayre studies rhetoric, focusing on the role that it plays in forming and reifying identity. She has published in the areas of Southern identity, social movements and animal rights, visual rhetoric, and women and the media. She has also published work in the area of communication centers and peer tutoring.

EDUCATION

PhD, University of Georgia, 2005
MA, Texas State University, 1996
BA, Texas State University, 1994

EXPERIENCE

Professional

Professor, University of Memphis, Department of Communication & Film, 2019-present

Administrative

Chair, Department of Communication & Film 2019 - present.

Honors and Awards

2017 Linda Hobgood Service Award, National Communication Association, Communication Center Section

2016 J. Donald Ragsdale Mentor Award, Southern States Communication Association

2013 Rose B. Johnson Award, given to the top paper published in the Southern Communication Journal that year, Southern States Communication Association

2012 Preston Award for Leadership, Communication Centers Section, National Communication Association, Orlando, FL

2012 Outstanding Alumni Award, Texas State University, Department of Communication Studies

Research in Progress

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy, & Stokes, Ashli Q. (Eds.). (Expected 2019). City Places, Country Spaces: Rhetorical Explorations of the Urban/Rural Divide. Peter Lang (Frontiers in Political Communication series).

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy, & Stokes, Ashli Q. The Rhetorical Construction of Urban and Rural America. In City Places, Country Spaces: Rhetorical Explorations of the Urban/Rural Divide. Peter Lang (Frontiers in Political Communication series).

Sayre, Owen, & Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. The NRA, Hunting, and "Facing" the Rural. In City Places, Country Spaces: Rhetorical Explorations of the Urban/Rural Divide. Peter Lang (Frontiers in Political Communication series).

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy, & Stokes, Ashli Q. The Changing Skillet: Creating Relational Identity through Food. In C. L. Moss & B. Inabinet (Eds.), Reconstructing the South: Critical Regionalism and Southern Rhetoric. Book chapter being prepared for edited volume. Book proposal under contract with University Press of Mississippi.

Funderburk, Casey Malone Maugh, & Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (Under review; contract signed; expected Spring 2020). Forgetting the 1960 Biloxi, Mississippi Wade-Ins: Collective Memory, Forgetting, and the Politics of Remembering Protest. In S. P. O'Rourke & L. K. Pace (Eds.), Like Wildfire: The Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Sit-Ins. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy, & Stokes, Ashli Q. (Eds.). (2020). City Places, Country Spaces: Rhetorical Explorations of the Urban/Rural Divide. Peter Lang (Frontiers in Political Communication series).

Stokes, Ashli Q., & Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (2016). Consuming Identity: The Role of Food in Redefining the South. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy, & Yook, Eunkyong. (Eds.). (2015). Communicating Advice: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice. New York: Peter Lang.

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.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy, & Brown, Victoria L. (2018). Hijacking History: Reading Animal Rights through Public Memory. Texas Speech Communication Journal, 42, 26-37.

Stokes, Ashli, & Wendy Atkins-Sayre. (2018). PETA, Rhetorical Fracture, and the Power of Digital Activism. Public Relations Inquiry, 7, 149-170.

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy, & Stokes, Ashli Q. (2014). Crafting the Cornbread Nation: The Southern Foodways Alliance and Southern Identity. Southern Communication Journal, 79, 77-93. [lead article]

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (2012). Snapshots of the South: Eudora Welty's Photography and Contested Images of Race. Southern Communication Journal, 77, 77-93. [lead article; winner of the Southern States Communication Association's Rose B. Johnson Award, given to the top essay published that year in the journal]

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (2010). Articulating Identity: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal/Human Divide. Western Journal of Communication, 74, 309-328.

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (2005). Naming Women: The Emergence of Ms. as a Liberatory Title. Women and Language, 28, 8-16.

Book Chapters

Stokes, Ashli Q., & Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (In press). The Changing Skillet: Creating Relational Identity through Food. In C. L. Moss & B. Inabinet (Eds.), Reconstructing the South: Critical Regionalism and Southern Rhetoric. University Press of Mississippi.

Funderburk, Casey Malone Maugh, & Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (2020). Forgetting the 1960 Biloxi, Mississippi Wade-Ins: Collective Memory, Forgetting, and the Politics of Remembering Protest. In S. P. O'Rourke & L. K. Pace (Eds.), Like Wildfire: The Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Sit-Ins (pp. 261-278). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy, & Stokes, Ashli Q. (2020). The Rhetorical Constructions of Urban and Rural. In W. Atkins-Sayre & A. Q. Stokes (Eds.), City Places, Country Spaces: Rhetorical Explorations of the Urban/Rural Divide (pp. 3-26). New York: Peter Lang.

Sayre, Owen, & Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (2020). The NRA, Hunting, and "Facing" the Rural. In W. Atkins-Sayre & A. Q. Stokes (Eds.), City Places, Country Spaces: Rhetorical Explorations of the Urban/Rural Divide (pp. 99-121). New York: Peter Lang.

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy, & Yook, Eunkyong L. (2015). Training the Trainers: Improving Peer Tutoring through Communication Education. In W. Atkins-Sayre & E. L. Yook, Communicating Advice: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice (pp. 3-14). New York: Peter Lang.

Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (2012). Speaking our Minds: Communication Centers and Critical Thinking. In E. L. Yook & W. Atkins-Sayre (Eds.), Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education: Advantages, Challenges, and New Directions (pp. 13-22). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

King, Michael, & Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. (2012). Focusing on Faculty: The Importance of Faculty Support to Communication Center Success. In E. L. Yook & W. Atkins-Sayre (Eds.), Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education: Advantages, Challenges, and New Directions (pp. 147-160). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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, 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 Animal Ethics (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.

Popular Publication Outlets

Stokes, Ashli Q., and Wendy Atkins-Sayre. (2017). Our revelatory culinary road trip through the new south: What chorizo, hummus, and chiles rellenos say about a changing region. Part of the "What it means to be American" series, hosted by the Smithsonian and Zocalo Public Square. http://www.whatitmeanstobeamerican.org/identities/our-revelatory-culinary-road-trip-through-the-new-south/