Dr. Gordana Lazic


Communicaton Media Journalsm and Film

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Communicaton Media Journalsm and Film
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Gordana Lazic is an assistant professor and the director of the basic course in the department of communication, media, journalism, and film at Missouri State University. Her scholarship concerns the intersection of rhetoric, pedagogy, and politics. She has published in venues such as Communication Studies, Communication Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Southern Communication Journal.



  • PhD, Communication Studies, 2013, University of Denver – Denver, Colorado
  • MA, Communication, 2009, University of Colorado Denver – Denver, Colorado
  • BA, Serbian Literature and Language, 2007, Faculty of Philology – Belgrade, Serbia


  • COM 710 Contemporary Communication Education
  • COM 617 Communication and Diversity in the Workplace
  • COM 660 Social Movement Communication
  • COM 350 The Rhetorical Tradition and Contemporary Applications
  • COM 260 Communicating with Cultural Competence
  • COM 315 Advanced Speaking in Professional Settings

Professional experience

  • Professional Affiliations
  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
  • Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC)

Selected Publications

  • Lazic, G. (2023). I’ve got friends in low places: Exploring self-worth and non-traditional mentoring. In G. Pacheco (Ed.), First-Gen Stories for Success (pp. 153-169). Kendal Hunt Publishing Company.
  • LeFebvre, R., Cahill, M., & & Lazic, G. (2023). Children’s Librarians’ Conceptualizations of School Readiness. Public Library Quarterly, 42(5), 479-499. doi: 10.1080/01616846.2022.2124069
  • LeFebvre, L., LeFebvre L., Carmack, H., & Lazic, G. (2022). Preparing the next generation of teachers inappropriately: When introductory course directors engage in misbehaviors. Communication Studies, 73(4), 476-496. doi: 10.1080/10510974.2022.2112248
  • Lazic, G., & LeFebvre, R. (2022). Defending the pride lands and marginalized subjects: The Lion Guard as progressive pedagogy. Southern Communication Journal, 87(4), 386-397. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2022.2085780
  • LeFebvre, L., LeFebvre L., & Lazic, G. (2020). You did what?!: Graduate teaching assistant misbehaviors in multi-section introductory communication courses. Communication Quarterly, 68(2), 183-203. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2020.1731697
  • Gearhart, S., Zhang, B., Perlmutter, D. D., & Lazic, G. (2020). Exploring political communication and visual intertextuality through meme wars. In S. Josephson, J. D. Kelly, & K. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of visual communication: Theory, methods, and media (2nd Edition) (pp. 367-379). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Ott, B. L., & Lazic, G. (2013). The pedagogy and politics of art in postmodernity: Cognitive mapping and The Bothersome Man. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 99(3), 259-282. doi: 10.1080/00335630.2013.806816 [Lead Article]

Awards and honors

  • Top Paper Award, Popular Culture Interest Group, Central States Communication Association, 2024.
  • Top Papers, Inclusive Scholarship, Central States Communication Association, 2024.
  • Melissa Beall Award for Top Panel, Central States Communication Association, 2024.
  • Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Graduate College, Missouri State University, 2023.
  • Research Award, College of Arts and Letters, Missouri State University, 2021, $6000.
  • Diversity Scholar Stipend, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Missouri State University, 2020, $250.
  • Assessment Grant, Office of Assessment, Missouri State University, 2020, $500.
  • Assessment Innovation Grant, Office of Planning and Assessment, Texas Tech University, 2018, $500.
  • Course Development Grant Program, Worldwide eLearning, Texas Tech University, 2016/2917 & 2017/2018. $10, 000.
  • YUMPS (Young Upwardly Mobile Professors) Grant, Center for Faculty Development, University of Colorado Denver, 2014. $500.