Eastern Michigan University
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Keon M. Pettiway

Assistant Professor of Communication

Keon Pettiway 607G Pray-Harrold



  • PhD - Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 
    North Carolina State University, 2016
  • MFA - Graphic Design, East Carolina University, 2012
  • BA - Multidisciplinary Studies (Africana Studies), 
    North Carolina State University, 2005

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • African Studies Association
  • National Council for Black Studies
  • National Communication Association
  • Rhetoric Society of America

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAC 275 - Interracial/Interethnic Communication 
  • CTAC 274 - Intercultural Communication 
  • CTAC 460 - Theories of Speech Criticism
  • CTAC 641 - Rhetorical Theory


Winter 2018 Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday


Website: http://www.keonpettiway.com

Dr. Pettiway joined the EMU CMTA department in Fall 2016. He focuses his teaching, scholarship, and service on rhetoric and social change, race, postcolonial identity, and design culture. His research primarily explores the following areas: social protest movements, visual rhetoric of photography, Black cultural expression, health and ecological risk, and designing public spaces for civic engagement. Pettiway is passionate about helping students acquire critical and creative skills to be change agents and advocates for social justice and equity in their respective communities. Dr. Pettiway is the co-principal investigator of the Virtual Martin Luther King project (vMLK). Recently, his work has been supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council, EMU Summer Research/Creativity Activity Award, and the EMU Faculty Research Fellowship.