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Dr. Sally Perkins

California State University, Sacramento
Department of Communication Studies
School of Arts & Letters

Contact Information Classes Papers and Publications
Research Projects Professional Associations Hobbies


Contact Information

  • Name: Dr. Sally Perkins
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: Mendocino 5040
    Office Hours:


    Noon - 1:00pm and 3:00pm - 4:00pm


    3:00pm - 4:00pm

    and by appointment

    E-mail Address:
    Telephone: 916-278-6541
    FAX: 916-278-7216
    Mailing Address:
  • Dept. of Communication Studies, CSUS
    6000 J St.
    Sacramento, CA 95819

  • Fall 1998 Classes


    Sally J. Perkins. (1997). "Incoherence of the Contemporary Scholar." Paper presented at the National Communication Association, November, 1997.

    Perkins, Sally. (1998). "On Becoming a Peer Coach: Practices, Identities and Beliefs of Novice Coaches." Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, 13, 235-254.

    Perkins, Sally. (1995). "Critical Questions about the Pedagogy of Critical Questions," in Critical Questions In and About Rhetorical Criticism, eds. Phil Wander and Wen Shu Lee. Proceedings from the Annual Rhetorical Criticism Seminar at the Western Communication Association Convention, Portland, OR, February, 1995.

    Perkins, Sally. (1994). "Toward a Performance Theory of Instructional Communication." Communication Education, 43, 222-235.

    Perkins, Sally. (1994). "Queen Christina and The Abdication: A British-American Feminist Theatrical Analogue." Southern Communication Journal, 59, 205-214.

    Perkins, Sally and Smith, Gerri. (1994). "The Gender Gap: Women and Men React to the 1992 Presidential Debates." In A Focus on the 1992 Debates, Eds. Diana Carlin and Mitchell McKinney. Chicago: McGraw-Hill.

    Perkins, Sally. (1993). "The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs: Subversive Rhetoric and Feminist Ideology." Women's Studies in Communication, 16, 34-54.

    Perkins, Sally. "The Origin Myth of Matriarchy: A Rhetorical Annulment of Patriarchy in Feminist Discourse." Communication Studies, 1991.

    Perkins, Sally. "The Rhetoric of Androgyny as Revealed in The Feminine Mystique." Communication Studies, 1989.

    Research Projects/Interests

    Instructional Communication

    I conduct research on the following topics:

    • Development of Expertise in Cognitive Coachingsm - Cognitive Coaching is a program whereby teachers coach one another using non-evaluative verbal and nonverbal communication techniques. I study the ways in which people become expert coaches.
    • Instructional Communication - I study and teach a graduate course about communication in the context instruction, i.e., communication between teachers and students, students and students, teachers and teachers.-
    • Pedagogy of Rhetorical Criticism - I am currently co-authoring an introductory rhetorical criticism textbook with Professor Mark Stoner, of CSUS.
    • Feminist Rhetorical Criticism - conduct rhetorical critiques of feminist discourse-- e.g., feminist theatre, feminist speeches, etc.

    Professional Associations

    Member of National Communication Association

    Member of Western Speech Communication Association


    Singing, snow and water skiing, hiking, reading . . . and mostly, playing with my new baby girl.

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