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Diana Leonard

About Diana Leonard

Diana Leonard, Ph.D., joined The Department of Communication at The University of Arizona in Fall, 2000 as an Adjunct Instructor and Director of Public Speaking. Her current course teaching includes small group, argumentation, introduction and advanced public speaking. Dr. Leonard also served as undergraduate advisor and Advising Coordinator for the department’s majors and minors from 2001-2008. Her interests in advising and working with transfer students led to her doctoral research on the influences community college teachers have on their students’ decisions to transfer to a four-year institution. Her textbook (with Dr. Ray Ross), Introduction to the Speech Making Process, 14e (2012), BVT Publishing, is under revision for its 15th edition. She is currently writing a chapter in a forthcoming Australian book on reasons to study public speaking. Dr. Leonard also leads communication-training seminars and consults for private clients and organizations in decision-making processes, communication strategies, and presentation skills.

Research Interests

  • Teacher Influences
  • Small group, Culture, Communication Teaching
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Contact Information

Diana Leonard
Senior Lecturer & Director of Public Speaking
Telephone: (520) 626-3052
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 315
Office Hours: M 12:00-1:00 pm; T/R 3:30-4:30 pm; or by appt.


Ph.D. The University of Arizona, Higher Education Organization and Administration

M.A.  San Francisco State University, Communication

B.A.   The University of Arizona, Psychology

Dissertation Title

“Shaping Fuzzy Goals through Teacher-Student Interaction: A Detailed Look at Communication between Community College Faculty and Transfer Students.”

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Advanced Public Speaking
  • Argumentation
  • Small Group Communication
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Communication and Human Interaction
  • Communication in Fiction, Film and Poetry
  • Communication Criticism
  • Communication and Instruction

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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