- Rhetorical History, Theory, and Criticism
- Women's Political Rhetoric
- Social Movements
- Communication Basic Course
- National Communication Association
- Eastern Communication Association
- Central States Communication Association
- Ph.D. The Ohio State University
- M.A. Texas Tech University
- B.A. Muskingum College
Awards and Honors
Member, Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence, 2000
Virginia Tech Alumni Teaching Award, 2000
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award, 200
Waggenspack, B. and VanDyke, M. (2016). Mountaintop Coal Mining: A Stain on the Conscience of America. In B. Duffy and R. Besel, (Eds.). Green Voices: Defending Nature and the Environment in American Civic Discourse. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Waggenspack, B. (2013). Media Depictions of Adoption Narratives. In D. Leoutsakas and S. Marrow (Eds.), More than Blood: Today’s Reality and Tomorrow’s Vision of Family. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt. 372-385.
Waggenspack, B. (2010). Deceptive Narratives in the 2008 Presidential Campaign. In R. Denton, Jr. (Ed.), Studies of Identity in the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield. 155-200.
Waggenspack, B. (2006). Eleanor Roosevelt: Social Conscience for the New Deal. In T. Benson (Ed.),American Rhetoric in the New Deal Era, 1932-1945 (Volume 7 of A Rhetorical History of the United States). East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. 157-209.
Waggenspack, B. (2005). Marian Wright Edelman. In Bernard Duffy and Richard Leeman, (Eds.), American Voices. Westport, CT: Greenwood. 133-140.
Wallace, S. P., Waggenspack, B. and Hubbert, K. (2008). Communication: Principles of Tradition and Change. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt.
Dr. Waggenspack's scholarship involves women and their rhetorical efforts. Recent critical essays include analysis of the persuasive communication of American First Ladies (Helen Herron Taft, Eleanor Roosevelt) to women who argue for social change, such as children's rights activist Marian Wright Edelman and women's rights advocates Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Lucretia Mott. Her analysis of the contributions of women to the span of rhetorical theory and history are featured in The Rhetoric of Western Thought (eighth edition).