Associate Professor of the Practice
Celeste C. Wells joined the department in 2010 after earning her doctorate from the University of Utah. Her doctoral dissertation was titled “Difference and Science at Work: The Occupational Identity of Analytical Chemists”.
Dr. Wells’ research dissects messages in order to critically consider the ways that individual interactions and organizational messaging choices impact lived experiences. Her research does this at two different levels. The first is organizational; this research addresses inequities that emerge from rhetorically-positioned perceptions regarding difference (particularly, nation, race, and gender). The second is pedagogical; this research aims to improve the ability of educators to teach complex communicative topics in order to develop student understanding of inequities in society. Overall, her research agenda is to develop communication scholarship that assists students in becoming socially-just individuals, and aids organizations in improving practices in order to become more socially-just employers.
Dr. Wells’ teaches to develop students’ critical understandings of how the social and political world around them has been shaped by communication. In doing so, she hopes that their education will play a vital role in the professional and personal choices they make going forward in their lives.
Dr. Wells regularly teaches The Rhetorical Tradition, Communication Methods, Communication Honors courses, and writing intensive courses.
Wells, C. & DeLeon, D. (2015). Slam and the citizen orator: Teaching ancient rhetoric and civic engagement through spoken word. Communication Teacher, 29(4). 1-5.
Wells, C., Gill, R., & McDonald, J. (2015). “Us Foreigners”: Intersectionality in scientific work. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 34(6), 1-16.
Wells, C. (2016). Diapers Full of...Pampered, Hugged and “Luved” Babies: Teaching Ideological Criticism through Diapers. Communication Teacher,30(2). doi: 10.1080/17404622.2016.1142101.