Adrienne Viramontes, Ph.D.

  • Professor and Department Chair
  • Communication Department
  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2006
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2664
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Adrienne Viramontes


  • interpretation of text, performance, identity construction, Chicana/o History
Adrienne Viramontes is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department and serves as Graduate Director for the Professional Communication Master's program. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Purdue University Calumet, and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University. She specializes in identity, intersectionality, qualitative research methods, and Chicana/o history and identities.

Teaching Interests

She regularly teaches undergraduate classes in oral interpretation, qualitative research methods, public relations, and narrative theory and performance, as well as graduate classes in the philosophy of communication and autoethnography.

Research Interests

She specializes in the study of lived experience and identity as it intersects race, class, gender, sexuality, geographic locale, etc. She specializes in the study of Midwestern Mexican American identities and experiences within social, political and economic matrices.

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2022: Identity and Community Among First Generation Students: High Impact Practices and Communicating BelongingThroughout Department Design, Stylus (19 pp.)

2020: Performative Memoir: The Methodology of a Creative Process (Media, Culture, and the Arts), Lexington Books (142 pp.)

2012: "Autoethnographic Reflections: Autoethnography as a Signature Pedagogy of Speech Communication.", Transformative Dialogues (10 pp.)

Teaching Awards

2022: Nominated for the Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award by a student. Because I've won the award within the last 7 years, I am ineligible to win., Nominated for Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award, CoTL
2022: The Communication Department received a system-wide award for excellence in teaching, a focus on social justice, and high impact practices., UW-Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award, Board of Regents, University of Wisconsin System
2022: Were awarded the Board of Regent's Teaching Excellence Award in Spring 22 for departmental recognition of teaching excellence., Board of Regent's Teaching Excellence Award, UW System
2018: Stella Gray Teaching Award, UW-Parkside
2018: Was nominated and awarded the Stella Gray Teaching Award, Stella Gray Teaching Award Nomination, Teaching and Learning Center
2015: Acknowledgement of contributions made to teaching by women of color within the UW System., Outstanding Woman of Color in Education, UW System
2013: Honored for incorporating CBL into one of my classes., CBL Honoree, Community Based Learning

Research/Creative Awards

2024: My co-authored book was awarded Outstanding Performance Studies Book., CSCA Outstanding Book Award, Central States Communication Association

Service Awards

2022: I was named by one of the basketball team members as a "VIP" and invited to attend a game and be acknowledged as someone who made a positive impact on a student athlete., Very Impactful Professor, University, Men's Basketball team player
2014: Recognized in a group photo during convocation., Rangers in Action, University,

Departmental Service

: Committee Member - Search and Screen
2021: Chairperson - Communication Department
2014: Committee Member - Academic Policies Committee

College Service

2018: Committee Chair - Course and Curriculum
COMM 105 - Public Speaking for 21st Cent
COMM 205 - Oral Interpretation
COMM 207 - Intro to the Comm Discipline I
COMM 208 - Intro to Comm Discipline II
COMM 299 - Independent Study:
COMM 363 - Communication/Ethnicity: (DV)
COMM 494 - Communication Internship
COMM 495 - Senior Seminar
COMM 499 - Independent Study:
COMM 720 - Philosophy of Communication
COMM 740 - Self-Reflective Comm/Civic Chg
COMM 790 - Spec Topics-Professional Comm
COMM 797 - Proposal Development
COMM 798 - Project/Thesis Implementation
COMM 798 - Research/Professional Project
ETHN 363 - Communication/Ethnicity: (DV)
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