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Southern Illinois University



Core Faculty and Staff

Sandy Pensoneau-Conway


Sandy Pensoneau-Conway is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received a B.S. (cum laude) in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1999), an M.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2001), and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2006). Her teaching and research interests include critical communication pedagogy, communication and identity (particularly disability), and automethods. She is also the director of the CMST 101 introductory communication course. She is currently working on several projects, including an ethnography of Rainbow Cafe (a local LGBT youth organization).

Dr. Pensoneau-Conway has also been recognized as a recipient for the Outstanding Faculty Award in Communication Studies, and at her previous position at Wayne State University (Detroit), was awarded the Harriet Dowdell Bantz, Sandra Petronio, & Charles R. Bantz Faculty Research Award; Commitment to Excellence in Graduate Education Award, President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (nominee), and the Graduate College Teaching Award. She has presented research at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Recent publications include essays in QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking; Critical Education; The Discourse of Disability in Higher Education: Narrative-based Research for Social Change; and The Handbook of Autoethnography. 

Special Interests

  • Critical communication pedagogy
  • Communication and identity
  • Automethodology


  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2006

Diana Tigerlily

Associate Professor of Practice

Dr. Diana Tigerlily is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, and in the University Honors program. Her teaching and research interests include autoethnography and performance as feminist methodologies, spoken word as public advocacy, contemporary feminist theories, and yoga philosophy and practice. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a Performance Studies emphasis and a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Southern Illinois University, and an M.A. in English from Eastern Illinois University.

Chasity L. Shields

Office Administrator, Assistant to the Director

Chasity Shields

Faner Hall, Room 3339
618-453-5112 Office
618-453-3263 Fax

McCall Logan

Graduate Instructor

McCall Logan is an Actor, Playwright, Improvisor, and Instructor. Originally from London, Kentucky and then later attending Western Kentucky University, they received their B.A. in Theatre and Film studies. While at University and then later in Chicago, they grew tired of not seeing themselves in the characters that they auditioned for, and so they decided it was high time to change that. If you can’t see yourself in the characters being performed, then write your own! McCall is now dedicating their work to giving minority groups such as the queer community, more agency and dimension. They are currently attending Southern Illinois University, getting their MFA in Theatre, concentrating on playwriting, and a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Dr. Kristiana Feeser


Kristiana Feeser

Phone: 618-453-3132

Kristiana is an applied psychologist with research interests including sport and exercise psychology, student athlete welfare, and quantitative methods. When not at work, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her awesome partner and two lovely cats.


  • Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Psychology, 2020
  • M.A. Southern Illinois University, Psychology, 2016
  • B.A. Western Kentucky University, Psychology, 2013
  • B.A. Western Kentucky University, Anthropology, 2013