Graduate Teaching Assistant Ph.D. Student


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Graduate Teaching Assistant Ph.D. Student
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • B.A., University of Northern Colorado M.A., Colorado State University
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Hailey N. Otis is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D student in the Communication Studies department at Colorado State University. Hailey holds a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and holds an M.A. in Communication Studies from CSU. Her master’s thesis used frameworks from rhetoric, queer theory, and fat studies to examine the worldmaking projects of body positivity and fat activism. More broadly, Hailey’s research seeks to use queer theory, intersectional feminist theory, and fat studies frameworks to interrogate the intersection of rhetoric and bodies. Hailey has received top paper awards from both the National Communication Association (in the Feminist and Women’s Studies Division) as well as the Western States Communication Association (in the Organization for Research on Women and Communication division). Hailey is extremely passionate about teaching and learning, with experience teaching both Public Speaking and Communication and Popular Culture, as well as serving as a teaching assistant for Rhetoric and Western Thought. She is excited to begin a new adventure of teaching Gender and Communication in Fall 2018. Hailey also serves as the Graduate Coordinator for Professional Development at CSU’s Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT), which allows her to pursue her passion for pedagogy from a different angle. In this role, she helps manage TILT’s Graduate Teaching Certificate Program, CSU’s primary professional development program for GTAs, and hosts several interactive workshops on teaching and learning each semester, including Crafting a Teaching Persona and Creating a Teaching Philosophy. Hailey is Colorado, born and raised and, in her free time, likes to go back to her roots in theatre and performance.