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Dr. Jennifer Wood


Dr. Jennifer Wood
Associate Professor, Communication Arts & Sciences





Ph.D., 1999, Communication & Rhetoric, University of Pittsburgh
MA, 1989, Communication & Rhetoric, University of Pittsburgh
BA, 1984, Political Science, Chatham College


CAS 100         Effective Speech
CAS 201         Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
CAS 204         Communication Research Methods
CAS 252         Business & Professional Communication
CAS 404         Communication in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
COMM 494     Senior Research Project



Dr. Wood is interested in studying the challenges and obstacles that people face when they attempt to speak their minds.  She applies this general interest to specific contexts, such as the classroom, the university or legal settings. Currently, she’s working on several projects.  One examines prison and sentencing reform policies in the United States.  Another, with PSNK Associate Librarian, Amy Rustic, is a collaboration in the Effective Speech (CAS 100) course where the librarian serves as a semester-long research mentor.  With support from the Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Wood has also been developing service-learning projects for the Business and Professional Communication course (CAS 252) she teaches. 



Wood, Jennifer K. Rev. of "No One Helped"Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy, by Marcia M. Gallo,
             Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books. 

Wood, Jennifer K. "Ten Consulting Lessons from a Class Service-Learning Project." In Craig Engstrom and Joshua Frye, Eds.,
             Qualitative Communication Consulting:  Stories and Lessons from the Field.  (Dubuque:  IA:  Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.),

Hartnett, Stephen John, Eleanor Novek and Jennifer K. Wood.  Working for Justice: A Handbook of Prison Education and Activism. Urbana:  University of Illinois Press. 2013.

Hartnett, Stephen John, Jennifer K. Wood and Bryan McCann.  (2011) “Turning Silence into Speech and Action:  Prison Activism and the Pedagogy of Empowered Citizenship.”  Communication in Critical/Cultural Studies 8: 4 (2011), 331-352.

Wood, Jennifer K. and Thomas Oates. "Brand Ex:  The Unhappy Marriage of Branding and Higher Education.”  In Greg
             Giberson    and Tom Giberson, Eds., Knowledge Economy: The Commodification of Knowledge and Information in the
             Academic System
, 2009.

Wood, Jennifer K.  "In Whose Name? Crime Victim Policy and the Punishing Power of Protection."  National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 17 (2005): 1-17.

Wood, Jennifer K. "Balancing Innocence and Guilt:  A Metaphorical Analysis of the US Supreme Court’s Rulings on Victim Impact Statements."  Western Journal of Communication, 68 (2005): 129-147.

Wood, Jennifer K.  "Justice as Therapy:  The Victim Rights Clarification Act." Communication Quarterly, 51 (2003): 296-311.

Wood, Jennifer K. (Spring 2002). "Using the Syllabus to Create a ‘Talk Friendly’ Environment on the Eirst Day of Class." Communication Teacher (Spring 2002): 13-15. Reprinted in Selections from the Speech Communication Teacher, 1999-2002.  Supplement to Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking, 8th ed., Boston:  McGraw Hill.

Wood, Jennifer K.  "The Rhetorical Transformation of Miranda v. Arizona." Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 2 (2001): 42-48. 

Wood, Jennifer K. "Refined Raw: The Symbolic violence of victims’ rights reforms.” College Literature, 26 (1999): 150-169. Reprinted in Un-Disciplining Literature: Literature, Law & Culture. Ed. Kostas Myrsiades and Linda Myrsiades (New York, NY:  Peter Lang) 2000: 72-93.

Wood, Jennifer K.  "Should Class Participation be Required in the Basic Communication Course?" Basic Communication Course Annual, 8 (1996): 108-124.



Dr. Wood volunteers as a facilitator for two restorative justice programs: The Center for Victim’s Dialogue and Resolution Center in Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Office of Victim the Advocate’s Victim/Offender Dialogue program. These programs bring crime victims and offenders together to talk about their experiences with the crime and its aftermath.  

She has been a communication consultant and in that role has worked on a range of projects: With colleagues, she's developed a number of anti-violence teaching materials to be used in elementary, middle and high school classrooms.  She has worked with non-profit organizations on special promotion projects. And she has helped managers and executives develop their speaking, conflict resolution and management skills.

In 2005, she and her partner became beekeepers. They tend beehives in their backyard and are completely engaged by these fascinating creatures.  If you have a few hours, ask her about her bees!



Penn State Alumni/Student Award for Teaching Excellence and University Teaching Fellow, Penn State Alumni Association, 2014

Certified Victim/Offender Mediator, 2008, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Office of the Victim Advocate.

Excellence in Teaching, full time faculty, 2002, Penn State New Kensington

Certified Victim/Offender Mediator, 2001, Pittsburgh Mediation Center

Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, 1991, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Certified Rape Crisis Advocate, 1989, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.