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Sandy Pensoneau-Conway

Director

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. In addition to serving as the Interim Director of WGSS, she is also the Interim Director of the School of Communication Studies, and a member of the Network Empowering Women. She works closely as a board member and volunteer for the Rainbow Cafe LGBTQ Center in southern Illinois (www.rainbowcafe.org).

Dr. Pensoneau-Conway has been recognized as a recipient of the Emerging Leader University Excellence Award at SIU, the John T. Warren Outstanding Mentor Award from the Central States Communication Association, 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

Education

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


Diana Tigerlily

Professor of Practice

Dr. Diana Tigerlily is a 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 (2009) and a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2006) from Southern Illinois University, and an M.A. in English (1995) and B.A. in Psychology (1993, magna cum laude) from Eastern Illinois University.

Dr. Tigerlily was the recipient of the 2021 University Level Teaching Excellence Award, earning the title Distinguished Teacher, and she was a nominee for the CoLA Outstanding NTT Teacher Award in 2016.


Chasity L. Shields

Office Administrator, Assistant to the Director

Chasity Shields

Faner Hall, Room 3339
618-453-5112 Office
618-453-3263 Fax
chasity.shields@siu.edu


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.


Janine Armstrong

Graduate Instructor

Janine Armstrong is a doctoral student in Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is also working on her graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her teaching and research interests include gender and sexuality studies; intersectionality; interpersonal communication; identity studies (with emphasis in gender, sexuality, faith, and race); communication pedagogy; experiential learning; and applied communication.