Senior Instructor


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  • Office Hours:

    T/R: 10:45-11:30 Virtual or by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Senior Instructor
    • Assistant Dean for Student Success, College of Liberal Arts
  • Concentration:

    • Visual Communication
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Communication, University of Utah M.A., Colorado State University
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Elinor Light holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah and her research focuses on visual rhetoric, aesthetics, and space, particularly within the context of issues of social justice.  She teaches courses in rhetoric and visual communication and has been teaching online courses in Communication since 2013. She is the recipient of the Visual Communication Division of the National Communication Association’s Most Outstanding Article of the Year award in 2018.

Elinor serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Success for the College of Liberal Arts, where she works on student success initiatives and represents Continuing, Contract, and Adjunct faculty (CCAF) in the Dean's Office. She also currently serves as the Director of the Online Degree Program for the Communication Department.


Elinor Light, 2019, “Playing in Cyberspace: The Social Performative on Heidelberg Street,” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 36:3, 207-220.

Elinor Light, Aesthetic Ruptures: Viewing Graffiti as the Emplaced Vernacular, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 15, no. 2 (2018): 179-195. Winner of NCA's 2018 Visual Communication Division's Outstanding Article of the Year Award.

Elinor Light, “The Rhetoric of Visual Play: An Analysis of Banksy’s Post-Subject Voice in New York City,” Visual Communication Quarterly 24, no. 1 (2017): 40-53.

Elinor Light, “Visualizing Homeland: Remembering 9/11 And The Production Of The Surveilling Flâneur,” Qualitative Inquiry or Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies 16, no. 6 (2016): 511   524. Special issue on rhetorical field methods.

April A. Kedrowicz, Maria Dawn Blevins, and Elinor Christopher, “100 freshman civil Engineers: A Model for Integrating Communication and Teamwork in Large Engineering Courses.” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Published Conference Proceedings, 2011, American Society for Engineering Education.