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John McKenzie is an Instructor of Communication at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis. At Lakeland, McKenzie heads the Communication program and teaches a variety of communication courses at all levels.
Coming to Lakeland as a native of Texas, McKenzie holds a B.A. in Speech Communication and an M.A. in Communication from Texas A&M University, and he is currently a doctoral (Ph.D.) candidate in Communication at the University of Texas at Austin.
A passionate teacher, McKenzie describes his mission as an educator as "activating students' minds toward their potential for new knowledge, skills, and critical engagement with the world around them."
He constantly strives to develop examples in the classroom that reflect the global community, noting that being attuned to our social and cultural pluralities is a crucial part of promoting success for our students here at Lakeland.
McKenzie has published research on professional communication skills, communication ethics, and the rhetorical theories of Kenneth Burke and has given more than two dozen research presentations at national and regional conferences about rhetoric, new and traditional media, cultural studies, political communication, and ideology, among other topics.
McKenzie's professional affiliations include the Rhetoric Society of America, National Communication Association, and Central States Communication Association.