Retired May 2019
Expertise Areas: Contemporary rhetorical theory, feminist perspectives, rhetorical analysis
Foss, Sonja K., Mary E. Domenico, and Karen A. Foss. Gender Stories: Negotiating Identity in a Binary World. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland, 2013.
Foss, Sonja K., and William Waters. Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation. Boulder, Colorado: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
Foss, Sonja K., Karen A. Foss, and Cindy L. Griffin. Feminist Rhetorical Theories. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage, 1999.
Foss, Sonja K. Rhetorical Criticism: Exploration and Practice. Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland, 1988; second edition, 1996; 3rd edition, 2004; 4th edition, 2008.
Foss, Sonja K., and Karen A. Foss. Inviting Transformation: Presentational Speaking for a Changing World. Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland, 1994; 2nd edition, 2003; 3rd ed., 2011.
Foss, Sonja K., and Karen A. Foss. "Constricted and Constructed Potentiality: An Inquiry into Paradigms of Change." Western Journal of Communication, 75 (2011): 205-38.
Foss, Sonja K., and Karen A. Foss. "Our Journey to Repowered Feminism: Expanding the Feminist Toolbox." Women’s Studies in Communication, 32 (2009): 36-62.
Foss, Sonja K., William Waters, and Bernard J. Armada. "Toward a Theory of Agentic Orientation: Rhetoric and Agency in Run Lola Run." Communication Theory, 17 (2007): 205-30.
Foss, Sonja K. "Rhetorical Criticism as Synecdoche for Agency." Rhetoric Review, 25 (2006): 375-79.
Foss, Sonja K., and Cindy L. Griffin. "Beyond Persuasion: A Proposal for an Invitational Rhetoric." Communication Monographs, 62 (March 1995), 2-18.
Foss, Sonja K. "A Rhetorical Schema for the Evaluation of Visual Imagery." Communication Studies, 45 (Fall-Winter 1994), 213-24.
Foss, Sonja K., and Karen A. Foss. "The Construction of Feminine Spectatorship in Garrison Keillor’s Radio Monologues.” Quarterly Journal of Speech, 80 (November 1994), 410-26.
Foss, Karen A., and Sonja K. Foss. “Personal Experience as Evidence in Feminist Scholarship." Western Journal of Communication, 58 (Winter 1994), 39-43.
Foss, Sonja K. "The Construction of Appeal in Visual Images: A Hypothesis." In Rhetorical Movement: Studies in Honor of Leland M. Griffin. Ed. David Zarefsky. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1993, pp. 211-25.
Foss, Sonja K., and Cindy L. Griffin. "A Feminist Perspective on Rhetorical Theory: Toward a Clarification of Boundaries." Western Journal of Communication, 56 (Fall 1992), 330-49.
Foss, Sonja K. "Constituted by Agency: The Discourse and Practice of Rhetorical Criticism." In Essays to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of The Speech Communication Association. Ed. Gerald M. Phillips and Julia T. Wood. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1990, pp. 33-51.
Foss, Karen A., and Sonja K. Foss. "Incorporating the Feminist Perspective in Communication Scholarship: A Research Commentary." In Doing Research on Women’s Communication: Alternative Perspectives in Theory and Method. Ed. Carole Spitzack and Kathryn Carter. Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex, 1989, pp. 65-91.
Foss, Sonja K. "Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party: Empowerment of Women’s Voice in Visual Art." In Women Communicating: Studies of Women’s Talk. Ed. Barbara Bate and Anita Taylor. Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex, 1988, pp. 9-26.
Foss, Sonja K., and Karen A. Foss."What Distinguishes Feminist Scholarship in Communication Studies?" Women’s Studies in Communication, 11 (Spring 1988), 9-11.
Foss, Sonja K., and Ann M. Gill. "Michel Foucault’s Theory of Rhetoric as Epistemic." Western Journal of Speech Communication, 51 (Fall 1987), 384-401.
Foss, Sonja K. "Body Art: Insanity as Communication." Central States Speech Journal, 38 (Summer 1987), 122-31.
Foss, Sonja K. "Ambiguity as Persuasion: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial." Communication Quarterly, 34 (Summer 1986), 326-40.
Foss, Sonja K. "Women Priests in the Episcopal Church: A Cluster Analysis of Opposition Rhetoric." Religious Communication Today, 7 (September 1984), 1-11.
Foss, Sonja K. "A Female Perspective on the Research Process." Women’s Studies in Communication, 7 (Fall 1984), 73-76.
Foss, Sonja K. "Retooling an Image: Chrysler Corporation’s Rhetoric of Redemption." Western Journal of Speech Communication, 48 (Winter 1984), 75-91.
Foss, Karen A., and Sonja K. Foss. "The Status of Research on Women and Communication." Communication Quarterly, 31 (Summer 1983), 195-204.
Foss, Sonja K. "Criteria for Adequacy in Rhetorical Criticism." Southern Speech Communication Journal, 33 (Spring 1983), 283-95.
Foss, Sonja K. "Abandonment of Genus: The Evolution of Political Rhetoric." Central States Speech Journal, 33 (Summer 1982), 367-78.
Foss, Sonja K. "The Equal Rights Amendment Controversy: Rhetorical Worlds in Conflict." Quarterly Journal of Speech, 65 (October 1979), 275-88.
COMM 4021/5021: Perspectives on Rhetoric
COMM 4265/5265: Gender Communication
COMM 4700/5700: Writing Practicum