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Leanne Pupchek , Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Knight School of Communication

Leanne Stuart Pupchek teaches communication integrating theory and practice. She has practiced communication professionally for print, audio, visual and multimedia platforms. She thinks people should know how to tell a story across multiple media platforms.

Dr. Pupchek spent the 2011-2012 academic year in Ukraine as a Fulbright scholar.  She taught at two universities in L'viv, the charming cultural and political center of Western Ukraine. In addition to teaching, she studied the influence on the performances of Ukraine's and Ukrainians' national identities as they anticipated and participated in hosting the European Football Championships, Euro12012.  She studied the L'viv's efforts to enhance its hospitality infrastructure and services beforehand, then for a close-up view, volunteered in the media relations office at City Hall during the championship, writing and editing English-language press releases for the foreign media.

She earned a Ph.D. in Communication (Rhetoric) from the University of South Florida, an M.S. in Radio-TV-Film from Syracuse University, and a B. Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. A number of years working as a communication practitioner in government, industry and media separate her academic adventures from one another.

She expects her book-length manuscript, A visual rhetoric of Canada: Claiming indigenous heritage and negotiating identities, to be published by McGill-Queens Press in 2013. She published a chapter on the rhetoric of the fresco in Statesville, NC's Civic Center in Diane Hope's Visual Rhetoric and Social Change (Hampton Press, 2006.). Article-length publications include analyses of the visual and nonverbal rhetoric of the Russian Orthodox liturgy; the consequences of George Bush's division-laden rhetoric on the diplomatic capabilities of the U.S. State Dep; and helped write a business case study concerning crisis communication and public relations in the age of the internet.


  • 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
  • Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award 2005 Queens University of Charlotte
  • Capstone Teaching Award 2000 U of South Carolina
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