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Urbana IL 61801
Victoria is a second-year doctoral student and Instructor of Record in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include: rhetoric, race, gender, social movements and sports. She is also working towards her graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies with an emphasis in Black feminism and activism. Her work has been published in Volume 11 of the Eastern Michigan University McNair Scholars Journal and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
B.S in Communication and Sport Management, Eastern Michigan University, Summa Cum Laude
M.A in Communication with an emphasis in Rhetoric, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign
NCA Student Caucus Travel Grant, 2019, 2021, 2022
Graduate College Conference Travel Award, 2021
Friends Travel Support Award, 2019, 2021, 2022
Awards and Honors
Illinois Summer Pre-doctoral Institute Fellow, 2019
Illinois ASPIRE Fellow, 2019-2020
List of Teachers Ranked as “Excellent” by Their Students, Fall 2019, Fall *2020, Spring *2021, *Fall 2021, *Spring 2022 (*connotes ratings were "Outstanding")
Elizabeth Winter Young Summer Fellowship, 2020
Wayne Brockriede Graduate Fellow in Communication, 2021-2023
UIUC Humanities Research Institute: Humanities Without Walls Graduate Research Fellow , 2022
Wayne Brockriede Summer Graduate Fellowship in Communication, 2023
Certificate of Achievement in "Recognition of Academic Achievements Related to Health Equity, Access, and Justice" awarded by Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and their Equity Council, 2022
*CMN 101: Public Speaking
*CMN 210: Public Communication in Everyday Life
*CMN 340: Visual Politics
*connotes Instructor of Record
Additional Campus Affiliations
Students Advising on Graduate Education (SAGE), 2020-2021
Graduate College Executive Committee, Graduate Representative, 2021-Present
Graduate Minor in Gender and Women's Studies, 2021-2022
We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program, Team Lead, 2021
Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, 2020-Present
Graduate College Grad Hourly Position - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, 2022-Present
Graduate Representative for the Department of Communication's Diversity, Equity and Justice Committee, 2022-Present
Fields, V. T. (2022). Politics for the Love of Fandom: Fan-Based Citizenship in a Digital World. Quarterly Journal of Speech.
Knoester, C. & Fields, V. T., (2019). "Mother-child engagement in sports and outdoor activities: Intensive mothering, purposive leisure, and implications for health and relationship closeness." International Review for the Sociology of Sport, p. 1–20.
Fields, V. T., (2018). "The rhetorical discourse surrounding female intersex athletes." McNair Scholars Research Journal, 1(11), p. 31-43.