TitleAssociate Professor, Communication Studies
Office BuildingPugsley Center
Mailing AddressPugsley Cont Ed Center 115
School of Communication & Journalism-Box 2218
Brookings, SD 57007
BiographyDr. Rebecca A. Kuehl is an associate professor in the School of Communication and Journalism at South Dakota State University. Her research focuses on intersections among rhetorical citizenship and public deliberation, civic rhetoric and education, and women’s health discourses. Her research has been funded by a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation, the charitable arm of 3M. Her research has appeared in edited books, including Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy, Contemporary Rhetorical Citizenship, and Speech and Debate as Civic Education. Her research has also appeared in the Southern Communication Journal, Communication Quarterly, Communication Design Quarterly Review, Health Communication, Translational Behavioral Medicine, and the Journal of Human Lactation. She teaches courses in the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College, is a representative on the SDSU Library Committee, and serves on the advisory committee for the Women's and Gender Studies program at SDSU.
CVKuehl CV September 2016.doc
EducationB.A. in Communication Studies with Honors, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2005
M.A. in Speech Communication, University of Georgia, 2007
Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, 2011
Academic Interests/ExpertiseRhetorical citizenship, public deliberation, civic education, women's health
Academic ResponsibilitiesI have taught the following courses at SDSU:
SPCM 101: Fundamentals of Speech;
SPCM 215: Public Speaking;
SPCM 222: Argumentation & Debate;
SPCM 416-516: Rhetorical Criticism;
SPCM 470: Intercultural Communication;
SPCM 470: Honors Intercultural Communication;
SPCM 492-592: Topics: Pop Culture & Communication;
SPCM 701: Intro to Graduate Studies;
SPCM 792: Topics: Graduate Writing Seminar
SPCM 792: Topics: Rhetorical Citizenship
Committee ActivitiesWomen's and Gender Studies Advisory Committee member;
South Dakota State University Library Committee member
Awards and Honors1) Awarded (with Brookings Supports Breastfeeding community coalition) the 2018 Outstanding Public Health Team Award, South Dakota Public Health Association, June 2018;
2) Awarded the 2018 Joyce M. Lampson Award for Excellence in Faculty Citizenship, Department of Communication Studies, April 2018;
3) Awarded the inaugural 2017 Outstanding Experiential Learning Educator Award, College of Arts & Sciences, South Dakota State University, April 2017;
4) Awarded (with Dr. Jenn Anderson) the 2017 Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement, South Dakota State University, February 2017;
5) Awarded the 2016 Outstanding Young Speech Teacher Award, Speech Communication Association of South Dakota, September 2016;
6) Recognized as a Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College faculty mentor, South Dakota State University, May 2016 and May 2017;
7) Earned Basic Level of Online Instructor Certification, Instructional Design Services, South Dakota State University, May 2016; and
8) Recognized for exemplary service as chapter advisor for Lambda Pi Eta, from the SDSU Alpha Alpha Pi chapter, Department of Communication Studies, South Dakota State University, April 2016.
Grants1) Kuehl, R. A. (PI), & Anderson, J. (2015, December). Women in human trafficking. Received funding for a one-time enrichment event in Fall 2016. Women & Giving internal grant, December 2015-December 2016, awarded $1,500.
2) Anderson, J. (co-PI), Kuehl, R. A. (co-PI), Tschetter, L., Schwaegerl, M., Yoder, J., Gullickson, H., Drury, S., Hildreth, M., & Bachman, C. (2013). Baby-friendly Brookings: Creating community conversations about public breastfeeding. Bush Foundation Community Innovation external grant, November 2013-June 2015, awarded $73,721.
3) Anderson, J. (PI), Hungerford, H., Kang, S.W., Kuehl, R. A., Schwaegerl, M., Delbridge, E., & Yoder, J. (2012). Birthing opportunities: Experiences of SDSU nursing students and community women as volunteer doulas at Brookings Health System. Women & Giving internal grant, December 2012-December 2013, awarded $2,000.
4) Anderson, J. (PI), Hungerford, H., Kang, S.W., Kuehl, R. A., Schwaegerl, M., Delbridge, E., & Yoder, J. (2012). Rural mothers’ experiences with the innovative doula program at Brookings Health System. Rural Health Research Center internal grant, December 2012-December 2013, awarded $2,500.
Professional MembershipsNational Communication Association;
Rhetoric Society of America;
Central States Communication Association;
Speech Communication Association of South Dakota
Work ExperienceGraduate School Fellow, University of Minnesota;
Graduate Instructor, University of Minnesota;
Research Assistant & Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia
Area(s) of ResearchRhetorical citizenship;
Women's health discourses
I. Articles in peer-reviewed journals:
1) Jantzer, A. M., Anderson, J., & Kuehl, R. A. (2018). Breastfeeding support in the workplace: The relationships among breastfeeding support, work-life balance, and job satisfaction. Journal of Human Lactation, 34(2), 379-385. doi:10.1177/0890334417707956
2) Drury, S. A. M., & Kuehl, R. A. (2018, co-editors of the special issue). Introduction to the special issue on the rhetoric of the 2016 U.S. election. Communication Quarterly, 66(2), 111-116. doi:10.1080/01463373.2018.1441161
3) Horstman, H. K., Anderson, J., & Kuehl, R. A. (2017). Communicatively making sense of doulas within the U.S. master birth narrative: Doulas as liminal characters. Health Communication, 32(12), 1510-1519. doi:10.1080/10410236.2016.1234537
4) Kuehl, R. A., & Hungerford, H. (2017). Global citizenship in intercultural communication: Spatial awareness of globalization through map your consumption. Communication Teacher, 31(4), 220-225. doi:10.1080/17404622.2017.1358388
5) Anderson, J., Kuehl, R. A., Drury, S. A. M., Tschetter, L., Schwaegerl, M., Yoder, J….Hildreth, M. (2017). Brookings supports breastfeeding: Using public deliberation as a community-engaged approach to dissemination of research. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 7(4), 783-792. doi:10.1007/s13142-017-0480-6
6) Kuehl, R. A., & Anderson, J. (2015). Designing public communication about doulas: Analyzing absence and presence in promoting a volunteer doula program. Communication Design Quarterly, 3(4), 75-84. doi:10.1145/2826972.2826979.
7) Kuehl, R.A., Drury, S. A. M., & Anderson, J. (invited article, 2015). Civic engagement and public health issues: Community support for breastfeeding through rhetoric and health communication collaborations. Communication Quarterly, 63(5), 510-515. doi:10.1080/01463373.2015.1103598.
8) Anderson, J., Kuehl, R. A., Drury, S. A. M., Tschetter, L., Schwaegerl, M., Hildreth, M., … Lamp, J. (2015). Policies aren’t enough: The importance of interpersonal communication about workplace breastfeeding support. Journal of Human Lactation, 31(2), 260-266. doi:10.1177/0890334415570059
9) Kuehl, R. A., Westwick, J. N., & Hunter, K. M. (2014). “Y R U NOT RESPONDING:” Teaching effective email communication. Journal of the Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota, 27, 23-30.
10) Kuehl, R. A. (2012). The rhetorical presidency and "accountability" in education reform: Comparing the presidential rhetoric of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Southern Communication Journal, 77(4), 329-348.
II. Book reviews:
1) Kuehl, R. A. (2013). Review of Spectacular rhetorics: Human rights visions, recognitions, feminisms, by Wendy S. Hesford. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 16(1), 209-212.
2) Kuehl, R. A. (2012). Review of The Reagan rhetoric: History and memory in 1980s America, by Toby Glenn Bates. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 42(2), 406-407.
III. Chapters in books:
1) Drury, S. A. M., Kuehl, R. A., & Anderson, J. (2017). Deliberation as civic education: Incorporating public deliberation into communication studies curricula. In J. M. Hogan, J. A. Kurr, M. J. Bergmaier, & J. D. Johnson (Eds.), Speech and debate as civic education. Penn State University Press.
2) Anderson, J., Kuehl, R. A., & Drury, S. A. M. (2017). Blending qualitative, quantitative, and rhetorical methods to engage citizens in public deliberation to improve workplace breastfeeding support. In SAGE research methods cases part 2. doi:10.4135/9781473953796
3) Kuehl, R. A. (2014). Extending civic rhetoric: Valuing rhetorical dimensions of global citizenship in civic education. In C. Kock & L. S. Villadsen (Eds.), in Contemporary rhetorical citizenship: Purposes, practices, and perspectives. (pp. 291-308). Leiden, the Netherlands: Leiden University Press.
4) Kuehl, R. A. (2011). Toward a feminist rhetorical theory of global citizenship: (Re)contextualizing social rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In A. de Velasco & M. Lehn (Eds.), Rhetoric: Concord and controversy (pp. 167-180). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
IV. Other – Reference entry:
1) Kuehl, R. A. (2011). United Nations Development Fund for Women. In M. Z. Stange, C. K. Oyster & J. E. Sloan (Eds.), The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World (pp. 1496-1497): Sage Publications, Inc.
V. Other - Translational research reports:
1) Drury, S. A. M., Kuehl, R. A., & Anderson, J. (2015). Community conversation report and executive summary. Brookings, SD: South Dakota State University (disseminated to community via public deliberation event funded by the Community Innovation grant from the Bush Foundation).
2) Drury, S. A. M., Kuehl, R. A., & Anderson, J. (2014). Community conversation guide. Brookings, SD: South Dakota State University (disseminated to community via public deliberation event funded by the Community Innovation grant from the Bush Foundation).
3) Anderson, J., Kuehl, R. A., Hungerford, H., & Kang, S. (2013). Evaluation of the volunteer doula program at BHS: A research partnership between South Dakota State University & Brookings Health System. Brookings, SD: South Dakota State University (disseminated to Women & Giving at SDSU, Rural Health Research Center at SDSU, and Brookings Health System).