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Sarah Bonewits  Feldner
Dr. Sarah Bonewits FeldnerMarquette University

Johnston Hall, 117A

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
Curriculum Vitae

Dean, J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication


Ph.D., Purdue University (2002)
M.A., Indiana University (1998)
B.A., University of Kentucky (1995)

Courses Taught

CCOM 4700 Corporate Rhetoric
CMST 1000 Introduction to Communication
CMST 3200 Organizational Communication
CMST 4220 Communication Approaches to Training and Development
CMST 4230 Managerial Communication
CMST 4997 Communication and Contemporary Issues
CMST 6200 Seminar in Organizational Communication

Research Interests

Organizational Communication
Organizational Rhetoric
Organizational Mission & Identity
Service-Learning & Ignatian Pedagogy
Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Professional Affiliations

National Communication Association
International Communication Association
Central States Communication Association

Recent Publications

Feldner, S. B. (in press). Rhetorical approaches to organizational communication. In The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. Chichester: Wiley.

Procopio, C.,Tate, H., Sheeler, K. H., Hoffman-Longtin, K., Feldner, S. B., & Anderson, K. (2016). Horror stories from the hallowed halls of academia: How six women lived to tell the tale. What to Expect and How to Respond: Distress and Success in Academia. Washington, D.C.: Rowman & Littlefield.

Feldner, S. B., & Berg, K.T. (in press). Examining organizational identity on Twitter. In Sandra Duhe (Ed.). Public Relations and New Media (3rd ed.): Peter Lang.

Fyke, J. P., & Feldner, S. B., May, S. (2016). Discourses about righting the business-society relationship. Business and Society Review, 21 (2), 217 - 245.

Feldner, S. B., & Fyke, J. P. (2016). Rhetorically constructing an identity at multiple levels: A case study of social entrepreneurship umbrella organizations. International Journal of Strategic Communication doi: 10.1080/1553118X.2016.1144188.

Feldner, S. B., & Fyke, J. P. (2016). Solving 'the world's most pressing problems': d/Discourses of identity construction in social entrepreneurship. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 10 (2), 101 - 114.

Fyke, J. P., Feldner, S. B., & May, S. (2015). Discourses about the Business-Society Relationship. Business and Society Review.

Feldner, S. B. & Berg, K. T. (2014). How corporations manage industry and consumer expectations via the CSR report. Public Relations Journal, 8 (3).

Meisenbach, R. J., & Feldner, S. B. (2012). Toyota, oh what a feeling? Or oh what a mess: Ethics at the intersection of industry, government, and publics. In S. K. May (Ed.), Case studies in organizations: Ethical perspectives and practices 2nd edition (pp. 111-124). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Berg, K. T. & Feldner, S. (2012). The world is a….network: Social media and cause networks in the girl effect movement. In S. Duhe (Ed.), Public Relations & New Media (2nd edition) (pp. 169-177). New York: Peter Lang.

Meisenbach, R. & Feldner, S. (2011). Adopting an attitude of wisdom in theory and practice of organizational rhetoric: Contemplating the ideal and the real. Management Communication Quarterly, 560-568.

Kirby, E., Feldner, S, Leighter, J., McBride, M.C., Tye-Williams, S., Murphey, B.O., & Turner, L.H. (2009). Exploring the basement of social justice issues: A graduate upon graduation. In M. Dutta & L. Harter (Eds). Communicating for social change (pp. 73-77). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Meisenbach, R. J., & Feldner, S. B. (2009). Dialogue, discourse ethics, and Disney. In R. L. Heath, E. L. Toth, & D. Waymer (Eds.), Rhetorical and critical approaches to public relations, vol. II (pp. 253-271). New York: Routledge.

Feldner, S. B., & D’Urso, S. C. (2009). What’s in a name: Managing identity expectations in a Catholic university: Divergent stakeholder perspectives. Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 28(2).

Feldner, S. B., & Meisenbach, R. J. (2007). and activist challenges: A Habermasian perspective on corporate legitimacy. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 1, 207-226.

Feldner, S.B. (2006). Living our mission: An ethnographic study of university mission-building. Communication Studies, 57, 67-85.

Presentations and Papers

Feldner, S. B., (2015, November). "Embracing Opportunities to Succeed in Your Job Search: Women," Paper presented at National Communication Association Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV.

Feldner, S. B., & Gilkerson, N. D. (2015, November). "How Corporations Communicated about Tragedy in a Complex Global Media Environment," Paper presented at National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Why Marquette

I enjoy teaching at Marquette University because I relate to the mission of this institution. The mission encourages my students to challenge the status quo and discover ways in which they can be the difference. Marquette also creates an environment that allows me to build relationships with my students. As I see them in my classes, in my office, and on campus, I learn about their goals, thoughts, opinions, and hopes.