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Sandra Pensoneau-Conway

Sandy Pensoneau-Conway, Director, Associate Professor

Communication Studies

Sandy Pensoneau-Conway is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received a B.S. (cum laude) in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1999), an M.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2001), and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2006).

Her teaching and research interests include critical communication pedagogy, communication and identity (particularly disability), and automethods. She is also the director of the CMST 101 introductory communication course. She is currently working on several projects, including an ethnography of Rainbow Cafe (a local LGBT youth organization).

Dr. Pensoneau-Conway has also been recognized as a recipient for the Outstanding Faculty Award in Communication Studies, and at her previous position at Wayne State University (Detroit), was awarded the Harriet Dowdell Bantz, Sandra Petronio, & Charles R. Bantz Faculty Research Award; Commitment to Excellence in Graduate Education Award, President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (nominee), and the Graduate College Teaching Award. She has presented research at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Recent publications include a co-edited book, Doing Autoethnography (Sense Publishers), a co-edited special issue of Communication Teacher (critical communication pedagogy and social change), and essays in QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, Critical Education, and the book The Discourse of Disability in Higher Education: Narrative-based Research for Social Change.

Sandra Pensoneau-Conway

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2002
Phone: 618-453-2291


  • Critical communication pedagogy
  • Communication and disability
  • Automethodology


  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2006