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Communication and Media

J. Kanan Sawyer, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

E-mail: J. Kanan Sawyer, Ph.D.

Office: Wayne Hall 230

Office hours: M/W/F 11:00am-12:00pm in Wayne 230 and M/W/F 1:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m. in Main Hall (by appointment due to location needs)

Dr. Sawyer is a scholar of social influence and an active consultant in the corporate sector. She is currently a tenured faculty member in the Communication Studies Department where she teaches courses in Persuasion, Business and Professional Communication, Campaign Communication, Interviewing & Networking, Pedagogy Communication, and Advanced Public Speaking.

In her academic career, Dr. Sawyer’s research interests explore the nature of public persuasion in its professional and pedagogical contexts as well as the pedagogical and practical development of presentation materials. She has been teaching for over twenty years, thirteen of which have been at the university level including seminars at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington in Seattle, Stanford, and the University of California Berkeley. She also regularly teaches communication skills to businessmen and women as well as MBA and Executive MBA students.

Dr. Sawyer is concurrently a frequent PowerPoint design consultant, speaker, and author whose first book,"PowerPoint Reality: Slides in Real Time for Real Audiences with Real Easy Steps" is currently available from Amazon books and second book, "Business Talk" is available from Hayden-McNeil.

In April 2015, Dr. Sawyer became the President of the Eastern Communication Association.

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