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Shannan H. Butler, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication

Phone: 512-492-3113

  • PhD in Communication at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 2002
  • MA in Communication at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1996
  • BS in Broadcast Communication at John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, 1989
Why I Teach

Teaching is about connection. I see teaching unfolding in practical, useful and simultaneously playful and inquisitive approaches. As a result, my personal teaching style involves immediacy, humor and critical pedagogy coupled with discussion and lecture.

I teach because I appreciate the interaction of ideas. Teaching is as much about encountering new ideas as it is about the dissemination of traditional concepts and skills. I also enjoy the challenge of creating innovative and interesting ways to encourage students to share in this discovery.