Pye, Dr. Danee

Adjunct Professor of Leadership
John Wesley School of Leadership
PhD in Communication with an emphasis in Rhetoric, University of Texas at Austin
MA in Communication Studies, Ball State University
BA in Philosophy, University Of California Berkley


Originally from Southern California, Dr. Danee Pye’s personal geography stretches from California to Indiana by way of Austin, Texas. She started her academic career at Mt. San Antonio Community College and soon transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in Philosophy. She then completed an MA in Communication Studies at Ball State University, before entering the PhD program at The University of Texas at Austin. 

While at UT Austin, she was employed as a Writing Consultant through the Undergraduate Writing Center for four years, which sparked a passion for helping others develop effective and authentic academic writing skills. She also taught courses in marketing, through the McCombs School of Business, as well as Introduction to Public Speaking, and Campaign Communication. Her research has been published in several books, as well as the journal of Health Communication, and most recently in American Behavioral Scientist.  

In 2016, Dr. Pye graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a doctorate in Communication with an emphasis in Rhetoric. Her dissertation focused on presentational communication in the digital age. While finishing her dissertation, she pivoted out of academia and put her communication skills to work in the marketing industry. After working for other marketing agencies for several years, she started Common People United, a marketing and comms consultancy for the social impact sector. Her client list includes several educational, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. 

Combining her skills as a researcher, marketer, and entrepreneur, she also works with mission-driven organizations to create more effective and inclusive comms materials. Through her work with Sky’s the Limit, she creates startup curricula for diverse entrepreneurs and provides training on inclusive mentorship for volunteer mentors at global corporations like Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Amazon and Schwab. 

In addition to her professional roles, Dr. Pye also volunteers time to mentor entrepreneurs through the startup process. She has recently been hired to teach Academic Writing at Carolina University and looks forward to helping make academic scholarship more accessible and enjoyable.

Danne Pye