Faculty Profile for Dr. Ann E Burnette

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Dr. Ann E Burnette
Regents' Teacher — Department of Communication Studies
CENT 205
phone: (512) 245-2165

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Burnette is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Political Communication, American Speeches, and Rhetorical Criticism. Dr. Burnette's B.A. and M.A. are from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. is from Northwestern University. In 2016 the Southern States Communication Association presented her the John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Texas State University Presidential Award of Excellence. Dr. Burnette also has received the Texas State University Alumni Teaching Award of Honor. In addition, she has won the Presidential Distinction Award in Teaching, the College Achievement Award in Teaching, and the department’s Golden Apple Awards for undergraduate and graduate teaching. In addition, Texas State University’s Associated Student Government has also named her a Bobcat Hero.

Research Interests

Dr. Burnette’s research interests include political campaign rhetoric, the construction of gender in public discourse, historical political debates, and freedom of speech issues. She received the 2014 Southern States Communication Association James Madison Prize for Outstanding Research in First Amendment Studies for her article co-authored with Dr. Rebekah Fox, “Reframing Corporations as Individuals: The ‘Persuasive Marvels’ Unleashed by the Citizens United Ruling,” which appeared in First Amendment Studies. Dr. Burnette’s essay with Wayne Kraemer, “Communicating a Rationale for War: George W. Bush and the Rhetoric of Imperial Righteousness,” is included with the research of historians and political scientists in The George W. Bush Presidency. She has also published book chapters and articles in international and national publications such as the Journal of Argumentation in Context, and the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • LaStrape, A. V., & Burnette, A. E. (2022). Retire Like a Man: Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, and Competing Masculinities. In Rhetoric of Masculinity: Male Body Image, Media, and Gender Role Stress/Conflict. Lexington Books.
  • Dewberry, D. R., Burnette, A. E., Fox, R. L., & Arneson, P. (2018). Teaching free speech across the communication studies curriculum. First Amendment Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/21689725.2018.1500930
  • Burnette, A. E., & Kraemer, W. L. (2021). Representing or Hispandering? Beto O’Rourke, political identity, and identification. In Local Theories of Argument. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Fox, R. L., & Burnette, A. E. (2021). Feel Free to Agree: Promoting American Exceptionalism as Educational Ideology in the Texas Education Knowledge Standards. Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, 11(1/2), 16–35. Retrieved from http://contemporaryrhetoric.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Fox_Burnette_11_1_2_2.pdf
  • Burnette, A. E., & Kraemer, W. L. (2020). Hispanic politicians on the rise: Argumentation strategies of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. In Networking argument. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Regents' Teaching Award, Texas State University System Board of Regents. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas State University Faculty Senate. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Dean's Seminar Award, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, Texas State University. October 29, 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas State University Faculty Senate. 2019

Selected Grants

  • Burnette, Ann E. (Principal), Kraemer, Wayne L. (Co-Principal). Rising Star of Texas: The Political Rhetoric of Julian Castro, $16000.00. (Submitted: October 2012, Funded: 2013). Grant.
  • Burnette, Ann E. Texas State University Research Enhancement Grant. (Funded: 2001). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Graduate mentor
Kyle Chitwood
August 2021-Present
Graduate mentor
Elizabeth Yanas
August 2021-Present
Board Member
LBJ Museum San Marcos
December 2020-Present
Graduate mentor
Alexsa Delgado
August 2020-Present
Graduate mentor
Elizabeth Dycus
August 2020-Present