• My work on the 2010 Cordoba House or 'Ground Zero Mosque' controversy has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Currents, and was selected for Top Paper Awards at the NCA Annual Convention in 2012
  • Critiquing Settler-Indigenous Reconciliation in Canada
  • Re-Conceptualizing "Copia," the Historic Present and Rhetorical Salience
  • Theorizing the "David and Goliath" Trope in Contemporary U.S. Political Culture
  • Studying the national commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination
  • Speaking at two October Intro to Grad Studies seminars about establishing writing and research habits for publication
  • Peer reviewing at top tier journals
  • Riding that Sunday bus to support Athens for Everyone
  • Celebrated my 8th year counseling for the NY State Sheriff's Association Camp Institute
  • Mentoring five former undergraduate students in the early phases of their career
  • Recently mentioned in Samuel Dickinson's "Mentors for Millennials"
  • Serving on the UGA Academic Honesty Council


The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise" ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Crack Up


I am Dr. Lee PhD (I love saying that because Beastie Boys not necessarily because I am much of a "title" person). This is my website! How it works: Under the title are quick links to all of my social media as well as my email and phone (if you're on a mobile browser you can find this material at the bottom of each page as well as in my media and presentations ). Although I don't consider these separate activities, highlights of my teaching, scholarship, and mentoring & service have been parsed out below and you can click on the title of any blurb to find more (all the white text is clickable). I am a project-based person so that's how the pages are organized; if you are here as a potential employer then thank you! and you'll find a more traditional arrangement with downloadable PDFs on my portfolio.


“Knowledge is not for understanding; it is made for cutting" ~ Michel Foucault, "Truth and Method"

I hope to see you in Vegas for NCA where I will present a chapter of my dissertation as well as receive the Lucas Debut Publication Award while cheering on my advisor Barbara Biesecker as she receives  the Faculty Mentorship Award from the Rhetorical & Communication Theory division. #BieseckerAdvisees

Mentoring & Service

"Reason is lost where one person speaks to another who is unable to reply…"  Jacques Rancierre, The Ignorant Schoolmaster

  • Lecturer at the University of Georgia teaching Introduction to Public Speaking and Honors Perspectives in Communication
  • Adjunct faculty at Athens Technical College teaching Public Speaking for professional development in both hybrid online and traditional face-to-face formats
  • High-impact, student-motivated learning facilitated by immersive learning communities, problem-centered instruction and interactive social media
  • Recipient of the University of Georgia's Outstanding Teaching Award, Interdisciplinary Certificate in Undergraduate Teaching and Future Faculty Program

Lee M Pierce

rhetorician. critic. mentor