Lynnette Leonard

Professional Profile

A teacher/scholar interested in media, virtual collaboration, rhetoric, and communication pedagogy. I am particularly interested in how media is challenging traditional views of communication, rhetorical theory, and teaching to reveal opportunities for innovation. As I am currently living in Bulgaria, I am interested in how media allows those living abroad to stay connected with home.


Ph.D. (Communication studies), University of Kansas, 2006
M.A., University of New Mexico, 1998
B.S., Kansas State University, 1995

Teaching Interests

Courses include: Advertising Fundamentals; Interviewing;  Media Law and Ethics; Communication, Media, and Society; and special topics in persuasion and critical methodology

Research Interests

Online Collaboration and Learning, Virtual Identity, Taboos in Online Communication, Civic Engagement through Social Media, and Gender in Popular Culture


Leonard, L. G. & Withers, L. A. (2019). Place and Discourse in Virtual Environments. Electronic Journal of Communication, 29(3/4),

Sherblom, J. C., Withers, L. A., & Leonard, L. G. (2013). The influence of computer-mediated communication (CMC) competence on computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) in online classroom discussions. Human Communication, 16(1), 31- 39.

Leonard, L.G. & Toller, P. (2012). Speaking Ill of the Dead: Anonymity and Communication about Suicide on Communication Studies, 63 (4): 387-404.

Leonard, L. (October 2011). Youth Participation in Civic Engagement Through Social Media: A Case Study. Selected Papers in Internet Research. Association of Internet Researchers. IR12.

Tyma, A. & Leonard, L. (October 2011). It’s Not All Zeroes and Ones Moving Toward an Online Identity Assembly Theory. Selected Papers in Internet Research. Association of Internet Researchers, IR12.  

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