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Leanne Pupchek , Ph.D.

  • Professor , Graduate Faculty, Communication Department
  • Knight School of Communication

Leanne Stuart Pupchek teaches communication in the Knight School. She thinks students should know how to tell a story across multiple media platforms so they can choose what's right for their audiences.

Dr. Pupchek earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of South Florida, an M.S. in TV-Radio-Film from Syracuse University, and a B. Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She taught and performed research in L'viv, Ukraine as a Fulbright scholar.  She has worked as a communication professional in government, industry and media.

She wrote the chapter on the visual rhetoric of community-building with regard to Ben Long's fresco in Statesville, NC's Civic Center in Visual Rhetoric and Social Change (Hampton Press, 2006.). Other publications include analyses of the visual and verbal rhetoric of the Russian Orthodox liturgy; the consequences of division-laden rhetoric on the diplomatic capabilities of the U.S. State Dept.; and a crisis communication case study.


  • PhD Communication  - Art History; University of South Florida
  • M.S., TV-Radio-Film; Syracuse University
  • B. Journalism  - French; Carleton University


  • Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright Commission and Council of International Exchange of Scholars
  • Capstone Teaching Award 2000 U of South Carolina
  • Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award 2005 Queens University of Charlotte
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