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
- Dissertation: Legitimizing the Culture of Big-Time Sport: Rhetoric and the Myth of the Student-Athlete
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
- 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 Paideia ” Review 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).
- Alt, Rebecca A. (2018, March 21). “Aly Raisman and Rhetorical Activism: Complicating the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Conundrum.” Engaging Sports (The Society Pages).
- Alt, Rebecca A. (2017, February 15). “Why Minnesota’s Near Boycott Matters to Fans and Critics of College Football.” Engaging Sports (The Society Pages).
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.
National Communication Association (June 2013-present)
- Affiliations: Communication and Sport Division, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, Critical and Cultural Studies Division, Women’s Caucus
Rhetoric Society of America (June 2013 – present)
The International Association for Communication and Sport (February 2015 – present)
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|