Laura Vernon is an assistant professor of English in the professional writing program. She received her doctorate in the Theory & Practice of Professional Communication at Utah State University (Logan, Utah) in 2013. In 1998, she earned a master’s degree in Professional Communication at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah) shortly after graduating in 1994 from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
At Radford University, Dr. Vernon teaches English 306: Professional Writing and other courses as assigned. She is also studying the feasibility of offering an online graduate certificate in professional writing and an interdisciplinary study abroad program in environmental communication. At Utah State University, she taught various communication courses in both the English Department and in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department while completing her doctoral research in environmental rhetoric and strategic communication.
Before returning to school for her Ph.D., Dr. Vernon enjoyed a successful 12-year career as a professional communicator. Her background includes writing and editing, public and media relations, organizational and strategic communication, publication and project management, and document design and production in both print and digital formats.