Dianne Blake

Adjunct Professor
Degree
M.A., University of Minnesota
Office
BEC 109A

Dianne Blake is a transformation-minded communications strategist, educator, author, and speaker.  She has an entrepreneurial and creative spirit and is adept at transforming novice speakers and emerging leaders into engaging communicators.

Dianne received her MA degree in Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota, and is completing her doctoral dissertation.  Dianne takes an interdisciplinary approach to her scholarly research which investigates the discursive intersections of journalism, rhetoric, and history.  Her dissertation focuses on news media representations of the National Day of Prayer during periods of national crisis. 

Dianne’s publications include Simply Speaking: The art & science of speaking well, (co-edited); “The Anti-Suffrage Rhetoric of Julia A. A. Wood, Minnesota territorial pioneer and newspaperwoman, 1860-1861”; and “Book review: Emerging scholars examine a new ethical landscape.”

In addition to her depth of philosophy, critical media and communication theory Dianne applies real world experiences to her teaching perspective. Dianne has worked in public relations, event planning, national and state-wide political campaigns, as well as fashion design, merchandising and marketing. Prior to pursuing advanced academic studies, Dianne enjoyed a career in retail merchandising and management.  In her leadership roles for a Fortune 100 company, Dianne traveled frequently and broadly around the world sourcing, negotiating, and designing product; and developing marketing strategies for a $40 million business.

Dianne’s, hobbies include experimental baking; riding and caring for horses; listening to all kinds of music; and reading about the development of democracy in U.S. history.  Her guilty media pleasure is watching the Great British Baking Show.

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