Mary Rose Williams

Title: Professor
Teaches: Public relations, core classes, media theory and research
Advises: All emphases and minors
Office: 606 Pioneer Tower
Tel: 608.342.1373


  • Ph.D.  Speech Communication: University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore., August, 1990.
    Dissertation: “A Re-Conceptualization of Protest Rhetoric: Characteristics of  Quilts as Protest.”  Director: Sonja K. Foss
  • M.A. Speech Communication: Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colo., August, 1986. Thesis: “Justification and Vindication: an Analysis of Richard Nixon’s Rhetorical Strategies.” Director: G. Jack Gravlee
  • B.A. Communication: George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., May, 1984.
  • A.A.  Media Technology: Allegany College, Cumberland, Md., May, 1980.

Teaching at UW-Platteville

  • Introduction to Mass Media 
  • Theories of Media and Culture
  • Public Relations Principles  
  • Gender and Popular Culture
  • Visual Communication 
  • Communication Research
  • Business Communication 
  • Internships
  • Independent Studies

Governance Service 2013-14 Academic Year

  • Faculty Senate   
  • BILSA Dean’s Advisory Council
  • Complaints and Grievances Commission
  • Appointment and Elections Committee
  • Academic Standards Committee 
  • Student Discipline Committee
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Program Council: Curriculum Committee and DRB Chair
  • Search Committees: Ethnic Studies; Agronomy
  • Media Studies: DRB Chair; Budget Committee; Library Representative

Selected Publications

  • Backlund, P., and M. R. Williams, eds.  Readings in Gender Communication (Belmont, CA:Wadsworth, 2004).
  • Williams, M. R., and M. D. Cooper.  Power Persuasion: Moving an Ancient Art Into the Media Age, 3rd Ed. (Greenwood, IN: Electronic Video Group, 2002).
  • Kennedy, L. B., and M. R. Williams. “The Past Without the Pain: The Manufacture of Nostalgia in Vietnam’s Tourist Industry,” in The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam. Hue-Tam Ho Tai, ed. (Davis, CA: University of California Press, 2001).
  • Williams, M. R. “Riding Under the Influence: Frances Willard’s Theory of Rhetoric,” Journal of the Northwest Communication Association, 30, (2001): 73-93.
  • Williams, M. R. “A Reconceptualization of Protest Rhetoric: Women’s Quilts as Rhetorical Forms,” Women’s Studies in Communication, 17 (1994): 20-44.
  • Williams, M. R. and E. D. Rigsby. “The Non-Discursive Rhetoric of Television: Spinning the Wheel with Pat and Vanna,” In Television Criticism, Leah Vande Berg and Lawrence Wenner, eds. (White Plains, NY: Longman, 1991).


  • National Communication Association: Critical and Cultural Studies Division; Feminist and Women’s Studies Division; Women’s Caucus.
  • Dane County Beekeepers Association
Mary Rose Williams, Associate Professor

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