Curriculum Vitae

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In brief:


Ph.D., Communication, The University of Maryland, April 2019
Specialties: Rhetorical Theory, Critical Theory, Physical Cultural Studies
Certificate: Critical Theory (Christina Walter, Ph.D. Supervisor)
Certificate: University Teaching and Learning Program, Associate Level

M.A., Communication, The University of Maryland, December 2015

B.A., Communication Arts and Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, May 2013
Schreyer Honors College
Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Lambda Pi Eta


Refereed Publications:

  • Alt, Rebecca A. “To Create Our Own Legacy: Penn State Football Players’ Rhetorical Response to the NCAA Sanctions During the Sandusky Scandal,” in Case Studies in Sport Communication: You Make the Call, eds. David Burns and Terry Rentner (New York: Routledge, 2019).
  • Alt, Rebecca A. and Rosa A. Eberly. “Between Campus and Planet: Toward a Posthumanist PaideiaReview of Communication 19, no. 2 (2019): 94-110.
  • Anderson, Lindsey A., McCloskey, Thomas, Scott, Devin, Alt, Rebecca A, and Elizabeth Gardner. (In Press). “Redesigning the Basic Communication Course: A Case Study.” Journal of the Association for Communication Administration 36, no. 2 (2017): 36-50.

Manuscripts Under Review:

  • Alt, Rebecca A. and Stephanie Madden. “‘We must change the culture of the sport’: Disciplinary power, collective crisis rhetoric, and the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.” Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies (Revise and Resubmit).

Public Scholarship:


Graduate Teaching Assistant, The University of Maryland, 2013 – present

  • Instructor of Record, COMM 200: Critical Thinking and Speaking. 200-level course introducing argumentation and persuasion theories and focused on persuasive speaking, critical thinking, and practical reasoning. 8 sections, 19 students per section
  • Instructor of Record, COMM 107 Oral Communication: Principles and Practices. Introductory Communication theory, public speaking, conflict and negotiation, basic argumentation and rhetorical theory; independently manage syllabus, lecture, discussion, examination, assessment, and communication with students. 11 sections, 19 students per section
  • Instructor of Record, COMM398B: Communication, Culture, and Sport. 300-level special topics course in communication. This course surveys the major areas of study in communication and sport scholarship. Open to majors and non-majors. Summer session 2017, online format. 1 section, 7 students. Winter term 2018, online. 1 section, 36 students.
  • Teaching Assistant, COMM 401: Interpreting Strategic Discourse Upper-level course on rhetorical criticism. 2 semesters; 3 discussion sections, 20 students per section each semester.

Teaching Assistant, Journalism Department, The University of Maryland, Spring 2015

  • Teaching Assistant, JOUR 175 Media Literacy. Non-majors general education course introducing students to old and new media practices: newspapers, broadcast journalism, blogging, online news, social media; Attended large lecture and managed one discussion section per week, assessment, and communication with students. 25 students.

Professional Memberships:

National Communication Association (June 2013-present)

  • Affiliations: Communication and Sport Division, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, Critical and Cultural Studies Division, Women’s Caucus
  • Reviewer

Rhetoric Society of America (June 2013 – present)

The International Association for Communication and Sport (February 2015 – present)

  • Reviewer

North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) (June 2016 – present)

Selected Honors, Awards, and Grants:

  • Ann G. Wiley Semester Dissertation Fellowship ($15,000)
    • University of Maryland Graduate School Semester Fellowship
  • Department of Communication Outstanding Service Award (2017)
  • Department of Communication Outstanding Teaching Award (2016)


Historical/Critical Methods in Communication Dr. Trevor Parry-Giles
Advanced Historical/Critical Methods Dr. Shawn Parry-Giles
Political Communication Dr. Trevor Parry-Giles
Visual Rhetoric Dr. Michelle Murray Yang
Communication and Social Change Dr. Michelle Murray Yang
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory Dr. James F. Klumpp
Ancient and Medieval Rhetorical Theory Dr. Christopher Johnstone
Argumentation Theory Dr. Bob Gaines
Feminist, Gender, and Queer Theories Dr. Kristy Maddux
Organizational Communication Dr. Lindsey Anderson
Critical Theory and Literary Criticism Dr. Brian Richardson
Critical Theory Colloquium Dr. Christina Walter
Seminar in Physical Cultural Studies Dr. David L. Andrews
Independent Study in Cultural Studies and Sport Dr. Michael Friedman
Teaching Communication Dr. Andrew Wolvin
University Teaching Dr. Scott Roberts