Sarah Whitehead was a visiting instructor at Medaille College in Communication Department from Fall 2006–Spring 2009. While there she taught Public Speaking, Gen 110 (critical thought), Small Group Communication, Mass Communication Theory, and Gender and Communication. She has presented workshops on using technology in the classroom, served on the Faculty Development Committee and the Educational Technology Committee. Sarah currently adjuncts at GCC Arcade campus, Medaille College,and Villa Maria College, while writing and exploring new opportunities.

Sarah can be reached at sarah.annw@gmail.com. You may also find her on LinkedIn.


Teaching Experience

Visiting Instructor, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY

Department of Communication and Department of General Education

August 2006 –June 2009

Taught a 5/4 load composed of courses in communication skills, communication theory, mass media and critical thinking, mass communication theory; developed course in communication and gender, and writing for the web; worked individually with students from diverse backgrounds with learning challenges; developed and maintained departmental web site; took lead role in coordinating Medaille Media Day, an event to connect current students with local professionals and alumni; served on the Faculty Development Committee and Educational Technology Committee; worked on revisions to the communication degree and general education courses; assessed students on classroom performance and on learning styles. Coordinated activities and events as Club Advisor for Women’s Club.

Adjunct instructor, Medaille College, Spring 2010

Teach Small Group Communication.

Adjunct Instructor: Genesee Community College, Arcade, NY

Department of Human Communication

August 2008-current

Teach two public speaking courses to non-traditional (adult) students who are either pursing an associates or seeking to continue on to a bachelor’s degree in the SUNY system. Create website, design course work, and address the different needs of this population. “Book-buddy” to ESL student from Japan, to help student learn English.

Instructor for Communication 101, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Department of Communication
August 2005-May 2006

Taught Introductory course on communication, with strong writing and research components; created lectures, course materials, exams, and grading rubrics for a class of 40-45; met with students in individual and group settings; managed Blackboard and course weblog for students.

Teaching Assistant/Graduate Intern, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Career Services, Division of Student Affairs

August 2005-December 2005

Assisted with marketing and organization of UB Majors and Careers Night. Managed course administrative duties for UBE202 (3-credit Career Planning Course); facilitated and encouraged classroom discussions; set up and graded weblogs for students to use as online journals; managed grade book; counseled students on study habits, career development and learning styles; created and presented lectures for intercultural communication.


Sarah Whitehead: America’s Next Top Homeless Girl: America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks and Social Change, Presented at Reel Politics: Reality Television as a Platform for Political Discourse, Istanbul Turkey, September 2008.

Review of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, by Kathleen Fitzpatrick.
Available at: http://rccs.usfca.edu/bookinfo.asp?ReviewID=466&BookID=362

Review of Women and Everyday Uses of the Internet, edited by Mia Consalvo of Ohio University and Susanna Paasonen of the University of Turku.

Available at: http://rccs.usfca.edu/bookinfo.asp?ReviewID=323&BookID=274

Alexander Halavais, Chheng-Hong Ho, Kevin Lim, Yon Soo Lim, Sarah

Whitehead: Playing myself: The persistence of self-image in MMOG’s. Presented at AoIR in Chicago, IL, October 2005.

Organizations/Professional Development:

Medaille College Faculty Development Committee, October 2007-July 2009

Medaille College Education Technology Committee April 2008- February 2009

National Communication Association, member

International Communication Association, reviewer 2006-2007, member

University at Buffalo Communication Graduate Student Association, Vice President, 2004-05

2 responses to “About

  1. Professor Whitehead,
    I’m in your COM 398 class I just thought I’d get a head start and leave a comment on your page. I hope I do well in this class it looks like its going to be a lot of fun!!


    Katie McClelland

  2. profsw

    Thanks Katie! This class has been pretty interesting already!!

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