Instructor of Communication
Areas of Expertise:
- Trends in Media and New Media
- Politics (elections, campaigning, political communication, political parties, partisanship, language choices in political rhetoric)
- Popular Culture
- Public Speaking: Tips, Tricks and Training
- Criticism of Major Speeches
- The Influence of Social Media in Culture
- Conducting Successful Social Media Campaigns
- Team and Group Communication
- Classical Rhetoric
McKenzie heads Lakeland's communication program and teaches a variety of courses at all levels.
A native of Texas, McKenzie holds a bachelor's degree in speech communication and a master's in communication from Texas A&M University. He is currently a doctoral (Ph.D.) candidate in communication at the University of Texas at Austin.
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.