Dr. Hurt joined the Communication Studies Department as a Lecturer of Rhetorical Studies in Fall 2012 after a brief stint working as a Lecturer of Communication Studies at Georgia Southern University. At UGA, she teaches COMM1100: Introduction to Public Speaking, COMM3310: Case Studies in Public Communication, and COMM3330: Rhetoric of Civil Rights. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2004; her Master’s degree in Speech Communication from Colorado State University in 2006; and her Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia in 2011. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the rhetorical construction of women’s bodies and health, focusing primarily on breast cancer, mammography, and breast feeding discourse. Recently, Dr. Hurt has developed an interest in sustainability rhetoric and works with a faculty learning community at UGA to help facilitate the spread of sustainability across the University curriculum.