Dr. Ann Burnett
Director of Women and Gender Studies Program
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Office: Minard 338-C10
Phone: (701) 231-7290
I joined the Department of Communication in 1997, moving here from the University of Nebraska (go Big Red!). I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, attended THE Colorado College, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Utah. My first faculty position was at Vanderbilt University (go ‘Dores!).
My research is in a variety of areas. I originally intended to be a lawyer (and have a year of law school under my belt), so I’m interested in how juries make decisions. Then my chair at Nebraska recruited me to take over some graduate level interpersonal classes; my interest in that area has included an examination of how our fast-paced lifestyles have affected relationships, how an increasingly uncivil society impacts relationships, and how relationships are enacted in Second Life. Most recently, I’ve moved into Women and Gender Studies full time (as Director), and I’m interested in how communication perpetuates a date rape culture. I have had the privilege of working with Drs. Carrie Anne Platt and Amber Raile on a girls and relational aggression study over the past several years.
In Fall 2008, NDSU received an NSF ADVANCE grant worth $3.75 M over 5 years to recruit and retain more women faculty, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math. As associate director of the NDSU FORWARD grant, I engage in projects and research to promote issues regarding all women faculty at NDSU. This spring, I will teach COMM 703: Advanced Research Methods In Communication II.