Margaret LaWare

Associate Professor [ENGL]
Office:311 Ross
527 Farm House Ln
Ames IA
Vita:Margaret LaWare CV

Maggie LaWare has been a faculty member of Iowa State University in English and the Speech Communication Program since 1997. In spring 2017, she taught LD ST/W S 333, Women and Leadership. She has also been an affiliate of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She serves on the University Committee on Women, and as chair of that committee from 2016 to 2017. From 2015 to 2017, she served as a facilitator of the ADVANCE Department Enhancement Program that is run out of the Provost’s Office.

LaWare teaches classes in gender and communication, public speaking, business and professional communication, rhetorical theory, debate and argumentation, and visual rhetoric.

LaWare's research areas include women’s speeches and protest rhetoric, women’s experience of war and peace, women in advertising, the intersections of public art, public identity, race and culture and visual rhetoric and the environment. She has published articles in various journals including Women’s Studies in Communication, Advocacy and Argumentation, Women and Language and the NWSA Journal. She is currently working on a book project on commencement speeches by women leaders at women’s colleges over the last four decades which traces the stories and experiences of these women as well as their perspectives on the women’s movement, leadership, politics, the environment, success and work/life balance.

LaWare started her studies as a concert violist but transferred out of the conservatory and received her B.A. in English from Stony Brook University and her Ph.D. in communication studies from Northwestern University. She is originally from Long Island. She is married, has a daughter and is a competitive figure skater.