Dr. Angela McGowan-Kirsch

  Dr. Angela McGowan-Kirsch, PhD

Dr. Angela McGowan-Kirsch, PhD

Assistant Professor

McEwen Hall 304A McEwen Hall

(716) 673-3260

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Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi

As an assistant professor, remain committed to high standards, individual learning, and transforming students’ lives. I achieve this by serving as an academic advisor, coaching students, and adhering to a student-centered teaching model. My teaching philosophy reflects my belief that educators should give students the tools they need to be successful citizens and active participants in society. I obtain this goal by creating curricula that cultivates students’ understanding of communication theory and enhances their abilities to reflect upon the power of human symbolic activity. For instance, I use hands-on applications and new technologies to connect course concepts to our daily lives. Specifically, in Persuasion, I use case studies that stimulate in-depth discussion and challenge students’ assumptions about their established values, attitudes, and beliefs. In Rhetoric and Criticism, I incorporate cultural materials like photographs, music videos, and artwork that encourage students to ask questions about the nature and functions of rhetorical communication. Consequently, students learn how to construct and justify reasonable arguments about how rhetoric affects an audience’s outlooks, judgments, and behaviors.

Teaching Interests

My teaching philosophy reflects my belief that educators should give students the tools they need to be successful citizens and active participants in society. I obtain this goal by creating curricula that cultivates students’ understanding of communication theory and enhances their abilities to reflect upon the power of human symbolic activity. I use hands-on applications and new technologies to connect course concepts to our daily lives.

Research Interests

As a rhetorical critic, I seek to understand the role of language in politics and assess whether a speaker's rhetorical choices were skillful responses to problems he or she confronted. My research program, which is rooted in my professional and personal background, helps me advance conversations about political issues and discern how rhetoric supports activists' promotion of politics and crafting of solutions.
Research Interests: Political communication, public advocacy, women in politics, the intersection of media and politics
Industry Training: Political campaign manager, training and development, legislative assistant​​

Awards and Honors

  • The 2020 Campaign and Its Aftermath: Presidentiality and Peril Workshop, Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Institute (2021).
  • Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador for Fredonia, State University of New York (2019).

License/Certification

  • Build Your Online Class

Professional Membership

  • League of Women Voters Buffalo Niagara
  • Organization for Research on Women and Communication
  • Rhetoric Society for America
  • National Communication Association

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Harnessing the power of three online learning tools: Best practices for student engagement in distance learning courses," COVID and Higher Education: Teaching and Learning (2022).
  • "Women in the 113th Senate cultivating the appearance of bipartisanship," Atlantic Journal of Communication (2021).
  • "Progressing Through Tuckman’s Phases in a Virtual College Classroom: Using Online Tools to Support Student Group Development," Post-pandemic pedagogy: Predicting the change to come (2021).
  • "Encouraging college student democratic engagement through a collaborative voter mobilization project," Journal of Communication Pedagogy (2021).
  • "Implementing campus-level programming: Pathways to online civic engagement," Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (N/A).
  • "Advocating a Preferred Legislative Style while Constituting a Bipartisan Collective Identity: Women Senators’ Strategic Use of Constitutive and Polarizing Rhetoric ," Atlantic Journal of Communication (2019).
  • "Using Jon Stewart’s appearance on Crossfire to teach students about (in)civility and the Elaboration Likelihood Model," Communication in the classroom: A collection of G.I.F.T.S. (2017).
  • "Collective Memory and Feminist Iconography: Connecting Feminists’ Past to the ‘War on Women.’," Florida Communication Journal (2016).
  • "Discovering Civil Discourse: Using the Online Public Sphere for Authentic Assessment," Communication Teacher (2014).

Presentations

  • "Facilitating Peer and Instructor Interaction While Promoting Student Engagement," Conference on Instruction & Technology (2021).