Personnel Profile

Lana McDonnell, Assistant Professor

Lana McDonnell

Dr. Lana McDonnell has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Communication Studies with a specialization in Rhetoric. She also completed Gender and Women’s Studies Portfolio program. Dr. McDonnell has been teaching communication courses at the college and university level for more than 20 years. She has taught in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, fully online, and in California. She has spent the majority of her career in Texas and earned tenure at another Texas university. She also won a Presidential Award for Teaching at Angelo State University. She regularly gives academic presentations at the national and regional level and is invited to give presentations by other groups. She is the Chair of the Feminist and Women Studies Division of the National Communication Association. The Feminist and Women Studies Division is one of the largest divisions of NCA. She is a voting member of the Legislative Assembly for the National Communication Association. Her research focuses on influence, narratives, storytelling, gender roles, motherhood, argument and debate pedagogy, online instruction pedagogy, and issues related to incarceration and social justice. She conducted interviews for her dissertation in a Texas women’s prison and published a book: Mothers in Prison, Women’s Autobiography and Activism. She serves the department as the Director of Forensics and enjoys working with students as they compete in collegiate Speech and Debate tournaments. She also enjoys working with students on academic research to present at academic conferences. 

Contact Information

Dept. of Art, Communications, & Theatre
Dramatic Arts 123
MSC 178 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593 - 2663
fax: N/A
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