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Katherine Lavelle

Specialty area(s)

I teach in the area of Advocacy and Communication Criticism (now known as Public Communication and Advocacy)

Director of the Public Speaking Center

Communication and Sport

Brief biography

I came to UWL in 2013 and teach courses in Advocacy and Communication Criticism, the CST core, CST 110, and Communication & Sport. During the 2016-17 academic year, I was a Teaching Fellow for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars program. This program is a UW system program designed to promote student learning and effective pedagogical practices in the classroom.

Since Spring 2018, I have been the Director of the Public Speaking Center, which is part of the Murphy Learning Center. 

At UWL, I enjoy working with students as they develop their persuasive writing, speaking, and research skills. I think that learning how to be an advocate can be a valuable skill in a variety of career paths. When I'm not teaching or researching, I enjoy supporting my Cleveland sports teams and reading non -school books. 

Current courses at UWL

UWL 100 (First Year Seminar)

CST 210 (Presentational Speaking)

CST 498 (Research Methods)


Wayne State University, Ph.D. (2006)
Miami University, M. A. (2002)
John Carroll University, B. A. (2000)

Teaching history

Other courses I have taught at UWL:

CST 110: Communicating Effectively
CST 210: Presentational Speaking
CST 310: Debate

CST 315: Communication Criticism

CST 322: Communication and Sport

CST 499 Senior Project

Professional history

Prior to coming to UWL - I was involved in NDT/CEDA policy debate for more than two decades. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Communication and Sport. I was elected Treasurer of IACS in Summer 2016. 

Research and publishing

My research program focuses on the representation of race, gender/sex, and nationality in sports. Some recent publications include:

Lavelle, K. (2016). No Room for Racism: Restoration of Order in the NBA. Communication & Sport, 4, 424-441. Doi: 10.1177/2167479515584046

Lavelle, K. (2015). As Venus turns: A feminist soap opera analysis of Venus Vs. Journal of Sport Media, 10-2, 1-16. 

Lavelle, K. (2014). Cullen Jones is my Friend!: Increased Diversity in Swimming through Parasocial Relationships on Facebook. In B. Brummet & A. Ishak (Eds), Sport and Identity: New Agendas in Communication (pp. 44-59). London, UK: Routledge.

Lavelle, K. (2014). “Plays like a Guy”: A Rhetorical Analysis of Brittney Griner in Sports Media. Journal of Sports Media, 9 (2), 115-131.

Lavelle, K. (2013). Guns are no Joke: Framing Plaxico Burress, Gilbert Arenas, and Gunplay in Professional Sports. In L. A. Wenner (Ed.), Fallen Sports Heroes, Media, & Celebrity Culture (pp. 179-192). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Lavelle, K. L. (2012). Great Expectations: An analysis of the fan base for WNBA's Expect Great. In A.C. Earnheardt, P. M. Haridakis, & B. S. Hugenberg (Eds.), Sports Fans, Identity, and Socialization, (pp. 237-254). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Lavelle, K. L. (2010). “A critical discourse analysis of black masculinity in NBA game commentary.” The Howard Journal of Communications, 21 (3), 1-21. Doi: 10.1080/10646175.2010.3966675.