Janet MacLennan

maclennanj (2Academic Degree
PhD, Ohio University (2000)

Areas of Expertise: Communication Studies; Interpretive Research

Contact Information

Office location: English Department, Pedreira Building, Office #5
Basement of Pedreira Building, College of Humanities
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00-8:30 am, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Phone: (787) 764-0000 ext. 89630
Messages: (787) 764-0000 ext. 89611 (at the English Department office)
Email: janet.maclennan1@upr.edu

Brief biography

Janet MacLennan was born in Canada. Her native home of Cape Breton is yet another island in the Atlantic, but quite far north of Puerto Rico. In 1996 she received her B. A. in Community Studies from the University College of Cape Breton (now Cape Breton University) where she was first introduced to the field of “human communication.” She then pursued graduate work in communication studies at Ohio University in Athens, where she received her M. A. in 1998 and her Ph. D. and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies in 2000, teaching all the while.

She was thrilled to accept her first tenure-track teaching position in the Department of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus and is now a Full Professor (Catedrática) with tenure. At UPR, she has taught the courses in Group Communication (4006), Interpersonal Communication (3256), Intercultural Communication (3065), Organizational Communication (3190), Nonverbal Communication (3266), Theories of Human Communication (3275), Communication Research Methods (4230), Public Speaking (3257), ESL, and, at the graduate level, the Seminar in Critical Writing (5005). She developed and introduced courses in Family Communication (4145), the Dark Side of Human Relationships (4336), and Health Communication (3016). For the Special Topics in Communications course (4076), she has tought about Conflict and Communication and will soon teach Composing Narratives of Contemporary Health Challenges in Puerto Rico. Previously, she had also taught university courses in interviewing, leadership, and writing and rhetoric. In her non-teaching work life she has held jobs in government, education, non-profit, and training and consulting in areas such as public relations, student services, leadership, and counseling.

She has been published in a variety of areas: interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, group communication, gender and pedagogy, communication of sex, communication education, adult learning, and TESL. This year she will be launching a new research project in the area of health communication which fits with her participation in the faculty development initiative Narrative and the Healing Arts, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and directed by her colleague Loretta Collins.

Among her outside interests are snorkeling, SCUBA diving, hiking, boxing, running, yoga, and–above all–traveling.

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