Dawn Sohns

Title: Lecturer

Mass Communications & Communication Studies

• BS in Business Concentration: Marketing & Advertising SUNY Albany • BA in Communication SUNY Albany •MA in Organizational Communication, SUNY Albany

• PhD Coursework Completed at SUNY Albany & North Carolina State University in Communication Studies

Telephone: (607) 436-3424
Email: Dawn.Sohns@oneonta.edu

Course History:

• Introduction to Communication

• Communication Theory

• Public Speaking

• Interviewing

• Communication Development in Children

• Persuasion

• Creating Persuasive Campaigns

• Public Relations

• Mass Media Law & Regulation

• Small Business Management

• Introduction to Computer Processing

• Business Communication

• Student Success

• Introduction to University Education

Other Information:

My goal is to encourage students to love to learn through the use of active learning techniques, challenging course content, and interesting course assignments and lectures. Many of my former students continue to email me years later to discuss concepts learned in class that they are now using in their careers or in their personal lives, which gives me the continued inspiration to connect with my students on a daily basis.

Professional Interests:

  • Persuasion in all aspects of our lives, from product campaigns, to political messages, to personal negotiation.
  • Area of focus: Advertising and Public Relations
  • Advisor for the American Advertising Federation chapter at SUNY Oneonta.
  • Academic Advisor striving to provide exceptional academic advising for students

Hobbies and Personal Interests:

  • Photography
  • Reading & Writing
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Hiking & Walking
  • Love the outdoors, especially on a beach!

Major Program areas

Communication Studies

introduces students to the theories and practices of oral communication and persuasion. Students in this major usually seek careers in business related fields, as well as corporate communication, advertising, sales, public relations, and events management.


Mass Communication

is designed to meet the needs of students who seek careers in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, film, audio production and video production.