Amanda Sevilla

  • Teaching Associate Professor

Amanda's Affiliations: CEAT, Internships

Amanda Sevilla earned a PhD in Rhetoric from Duquesne University. She also holds an MA in English and a BS in Education from Youngstown State University, where she focused on Sociolinguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate certification, and English.

Amanda brings a diverse and interdisciplinary background to her work at the University of Pittsburgh. She worked for many years in the department of English and World Languages at Youngstown State University, where her student-centered instruction and digital design methods were recognized with a 2020 Teaching Excellence Award. In a past position, she also served as a Teaching Associate for Duquesne’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.

She has presented her work regionally and internationally in various areas of the humanities, including Rhetoric of Technology, Media Ecology, Media Studies & The Toronto School, Intercultural Communication, Philosophy, Phenomenology, Rhetorical Theory, Digital Course Design, Sociolinguistics, Literature, Critiques of Modernism, and Writing Theory.

While Amanda is a member of numerous professional and academic groups, she particularly enjoys working with the Media Ecology Association (MEA), which is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to applying media ecology research to various contexts impacting the lived experience (i.e., in social, technological, cultural, political, artistic, literary, educational contexts, etc.). In recent years, Amanda was invited to join a special committee to help write a public MEA Statement for Inclusivity & Guidelines of Conduct. Most recently, she has been invited to work as a registered submission reviewer for the MEA’s journal, Explorations in Media Ecology (EME).

As an educator, Amanda is committed to undergraduate and graduate-level mentoring. She loves being an academic and teaching at Pitt!

Research Interests

Rhetorical Theory; Rhetoric of Technology & Science; Media Ecology; The Rhetoric of Publics & Public Spheres; Ethics & Crisis Communication; Pragmatics; Ethnography; Modernist Studies; Technological Change & AI; Digital Narrative.