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Diane Marie Keeling, PhD

Assistant Professor

Diane Marie Keeling, Ph.D., joined the department of Communication Studies in 2013 after serving on the faculty in the Communication and Journalism department at the University of Maine, Orono. Keeling offers skills, theory, and criticism courses in rhetoric. Her research addresses rhetoric’s intellectual history, posthumanist trends in rhetorical theory and criticism, and the rhetoric of media and the material world.


Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, Communication
Graduate Certification, University of Colorado Boulder, Women and Gender Studies
M.A., Colorado State University, Communication
B.A., Ripon College, Speech Communication (minor in Leadership Studies)

Scholarly and Creative Work

Keeling’s research utilizes process philosophy to continue the humanist inspired project of asking “how ought we to live together?” while recognizing that the human is not distinct from technologies or superior to our larger ecosystem. Her writings challenge traditional notions of the human and the metanarrative that has come to surround contemporary understandings of “human nature,” arguing for diverse ways of thinking, acting, and living as citizen-actors. She has been published in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and the edited volume Border Rhetorics. She is a member of the National Communication Association, Rhetoric Society of America, International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Western States Communication Association, and the Organization for Research on Women and Communication.

Teaching Interests

Keeling’s classroom environments are designed to promote healthy habits for scholarly and professional success. She views classroom spaces as ambient collaborations, where students and teachers produce an energetics of curiosity and possibility. In their best configurations, these energies transcend the walls of institutional buildings and infuse our everyday rhythms. Keeling strives to cultivate positive, substantial, and sustained rhythms that influence the way students understand and act in our world. Her teaching interests include rhetoric, media, and cultural studies. She has experience teaching rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, rhetoric and embodiment, argument and critical thinking, public speaking, cultural studies, perspectives on human communication, communication and society, visual communication, and media criticism.