Dana Schowalter

(She, Her, Hers)

Associate Professor, Department Chair, Communication Studies

503-838-9240 | schowalterd@wou.edu
BELL 117

Why I chose WOU

I chose WOU because of the small class sizes. I enjoy knowing my students and doing everything I can to support them as full people in and out of the classroom.

At WOU since

09/16/2015

Hobbies

Talking about the feminist history of pockets, running, eating, gardening, being in to forest, and playing with my kiddo

Hometown

Green Bay, WI

Favorite book/movie

I've recently discovered the genre of feminist and queer romance novels!

Office Hours

MonTuesWedsThursFri
 11-112-2  
Additional appts: https://calendly.com/schowalterd/

Course schedule

Fall 2022
CRNCourseTitleTimesLocation
11204 COM236 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN MEDIA - HYBRD* CRS
11204 COM236 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN MEDIA W 1000-1150 BELL 107

What you will do and learn in my courses

Each course I teach is unique, but in general, students tell me these things about my teaching style:

My face-to-face courses tend to be fairly hands on in the classroom. I tend to favor the learning we do together in the classroom over long outside assignments. All class sessions include questions and discussion, generally with the best friends you sit near in class. 

My online courses tend to have two weekly assignments. One focuses on the weekly lesson and ensures comprehension of the main points. The second is often an application assignment where students apply or reflect on the things they learned. 

My courses tend to center issues of social justice, especially around gender, sexual orientation and race. 

In all of my courses, you'll hear about the feminist history of pockets. 🙂

Education

B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. University of South Florida

Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Teaching focus

Media Studies, Poltiical Communicaiton, Gender Communication, Social Change Movements, Racial Justice

Research areas

Feminist political economy of media, gender and global development, social justice and film

Awards and honors

2022 SafeZone Faculty Advocate of the Year

Advisor of the Year Nominee (2019, 2020, 2021)

CSCA Media Studies Interest Group Top Panel 2022

Undergraduate courses taught

COM 212: Advertising and Society

COM 236: Contemporary Issues in Media

COM 335: Gender and Communication

COM 342: Media Literacy

COM 402: Rhetoric, Race, and Resistance

COM 410: Communication and Event Planning

COM 415: Social Media Campaigns

COM 416: Communication and Politics

COM 430: Social Media and Culture

COM 435: Rhetoric of the Women’s Movement

COM 436: Gender Theory and Activism 

COM 442: Communication and Social Change

COM 444: Global Media

Current research

My 2022 book, The Misogynistic Backlash Against Women Strong Films, is available through the WOU library. 

I am also currently working on a book that looks at the way women and girls in the Global South are positioned and discussed in corporate philanthropy. 




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