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Professor Willard's research focuses on environmental communication and the ways in which it shapes beliefs and behaviors that impact our natural world. She investigates how agricultural rhetoric informs and influences US cultural eating practices that have a significant bearing on sustainability. She examines the rhetoric of landscapes as they are both read by and created by humans. She explores how the transformation of blighted urban areas into farms and community gardens become symbolic sites of empowerment and reconnection with community and the land. She also studies best practices for promoting pro-environmental behavior such as natural landscaping and support for restoration practices.
Willard has published articles and book reviews in a variety of journals including Environmental Communication, Women's Studies in Communication, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. A past recipient of DePaul's Excellence in Teaching Award, she teaches courses in environmental studies, rhetorical studies, and sustainability. She has an affiliate faculty appointment with the Department of Environmental Science and Studies.