Dianne Blake

Adjunct Professor
Degree
M.A., University of Minnesota
Office
OEC 421
Phone
651-962-5259

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.

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 105 - 01 Communication in the Workplace - T - R - - - 0800 - 1200 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 1200

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

30030 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Dianne S. Blake

Introduction to basic communication theories and skills as they pertain to the business setting. Text, lecture, class discussion and exercises, and individual and group presentations will better prepare students to become more effective communicators at work. The course will focus on presentational skills, dyadic communication and interviewing, and group communication. This class may be taken by Communication and Journalism majors only with the permission of the department chair.

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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 105 - 02 Communication in the Workplace - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 BEC 114

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

BEC 114

Course Registration Number:

40605 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Dianne S. Blake

Introduction to basic communication theories and skills as they pertain to the business setting. Text, lecture, class discussion and exercises, and individual and group presentations will better prepare students to become more effective communicators at work. The course will focus on presentational skills, dyadic communication and interviewing, and group communication. This class may be taken by Communication and Journalism majors only with the permission of the department chair.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location