Kaitlyn Haynal

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MA, University of Wyoming

BA, James Madison University


Kaitlyn Haynal's research is in rhetoric of urban and environmental communication, with an emphasis on local place/space and public memory. She is currently researching the past and present rhetoric of Pittsburgh's parks to reveal how public green space is utilized by local communities to resolve ecological, social, and political concerns. In her work she argues that understanding how changes to the built environment are communicated to the public shapes issues of civic life, sustainability, urban development, and environmental justice.



Recent and upcoming conference presentations include:

  • “Spaces of Resistance,” National Communication Association, Rhetoric and Communication Theory Division. Baltimore, MD. November, 2019.
  • “‘Living Buildings’: The Rhetorical Framing of Nature in Sustainable Environmental Centers.” National Communication Association, Environmental Communication Division. Salt Lake City, UT. November, 2018.
  • "Playing With Rhetorical Methods,” National Communication Association, Rhetoric and Communication Theory Division. Salt Lake City, UT. November, 2018.
  • “The Urban Design of Rhetoric,” Rhetoric Society of America. Minneapolis, MN. June, 2018. 
  • “Urban Landscapes: Public Park Renovation and the Quest to Sustain Green City Space.” Consuming the Environment. Gävle, Sweden. December, 2017.

“Blurred Borderlands: Sustainability and the Urban/Nature Divide at the Frick Environmental Center.” Environmental Communication (2018), DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2018.1553203

“Democratizing practices in the general education classroom: The transformative power of communication.” Journal of General Education, Vol. 65, no. 2 (2016).

Courses Taught

  • Argument (COMMRC 0500)
  • Mass Comm Process (COMMRC 0320)
  • Public Speaking (COMMRC0520)


Donald B. Egolf Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2019