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Windy Lawrence

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Windy Lawrence

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Office: S1017

Windy Y. Lawrence, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and teaches and researches in communication, politics, and deliberation. Dr. Lawrence is the founder and director of The University of Houston-Downtown Center for Public Deliberation (UHD CPD), where she manages many community deliberations and public engagement initiatives, such as issues pertaining to the national achievement gap in education and the rising cost of health care. Each year, as part of her work with UHD CPD, she works with many UHD CPD Student Associates to encourage discussion and deliberation as an important part of student education, development and leadership. She is active with various national organizations, including The Democracy Imperative, The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, and the National Issues Forums Institute, to help improve our knowledge and practice of deliberative democracy and has earned a certification in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement through Fielding University.  Since 2002, she has worked with the university to form more collaborative relationships in the Houston community through research, student internships, and community engagement. She is published in various journals and has won multiple awards for her research, which examines the intersection of communication, democracy and social justice, especially on issues of diversity. 

University of Houston-Downtown Center for Public Deliberation             

​Doctorate degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Speech Communication (University of Georgia)

​COMM 3318: Facilitating Publ Deliberation (3) (U)
COMM 3319: Communication in Conflict (3) (U)
COMM 3399: Directed Study-Communication (3) (U)

Dr. Lawrence is a tenured Professor of Communication Studies at UHD. She holds a Ph.D. from University of Georgia in Speech Communication with a specialization in Rhetoric and Public Affairs. Her graduate coursework included classes on rhetoric, deliberation, and public communication. Her research focuses on complex policy formation, often in deliberative contexts. In graduate school, she was awarded the top graduate paper award in the Rhetoric division of the National Communication Association for a piece she wrote focused on rhetoric and deliberation. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching numerous classes within communication studies (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior-level courses), including but not limited to Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Conflict Communication, Rhetoric of Civil Rights, Rhetorical Criticism, and Public Deliberation. As the director and founder for the UHD Center for Public Deliberation, Dr. Lawrence is responsible for engaging students in real-world communication scenarios that include skills in deliberation, public speaking, conflict, and more. In this position, she also engages students in communication research as well as acting as a liaison with community partners who agree to participate in community forums.

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