Calvin L. Troup, Ph.D.Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Communication & Rhetorical Studies
340 College Hall
Education:Ph.D., Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University, 1994
M.A., Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University, 1991
B.A., Speech, Geneva College, 1983
Calvin L. Troup is Associate Professor and Director of the Rhetoric Ph.D. Program in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his B.A. from Geneva College (1983) and the M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. His communication research agenda focuses on the rhetoric and philosophy of St. Augustine and Rhetoric of Technology from media ecology perspectives informed by the work of Jacques Ellul and Walter J. Ong. His published work includes Temporality, Eternity, and Wisdom: The Rhetoric of Augustine's Confessions, scholarly book chapters and articles in journals such as Communication Quarterly, Explorations in Media Ecology, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, The Journal of Communication and Religion, and The Journal of Business Ethics. He received the Donald H. Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award from the Pennsylvania Communication Association.
Troup has edited the Journal of Communication and Religion; the Pennsylvania Communication Association's Annual and Pennsylvania Scholars Series. He is a past President of the Religious Communication Association. Troup entered the academy after serving as a press aide in the U.S. House of Representatives and working as an association executive for a national non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. His applied communication interests include constructive approaches to integrated marketing and organizational communication, including marketplace consulting with both commercial and non-profit firms. Troup is currently involved in leadership on a number of non-profit boards.
Pedagogical Publications and Conference Papers
A Guide for New Public Speaking Teachers: Building toward Success, 3rd ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2005. ISBN: 0-205-43893-8)
"Learning the Craft: An Apprenticeship Model of Doctoral Education." Troup, Calvin L., Jill Seibert Burk, and Joel S. Ward. Eastern Communication Association, 2010, Baltimore, MD.
Works in Progress
Troup, Calvin L., Janie Harden Fritz, and Ronald C. Arnett. "Connecting Rhetorical Theory & Practice in Graduate Education: A ‘Rhetoric of..." Approach.' Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.
Troup, Calvin L., Jill Seibert Burk, and Joel S. Ward. "Learning the Craft: An Apprenticeship Model of Doctoral Education." Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.
Undergraduate Student Research Presentation
Plavchak, Blake and Julia Watterson. "Facebook." James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference, Eastern Communication Association Convention, Arlington, VA. April 2011.
"Walter Ong in the Present Moment of Truth." Explorations in Media Ecology. Vol. 11, Nos. 3&4, 2013, pp. 243-254.
"Augustine of Hippo: Bishop of Intellectuals." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture. Vol. 46, No. 2, Spring 2011.
"Civic Engagement from Religious Grounds." Journal of Communication & Religion. Vol. 32, No. 2, November 2009.
"Ordinary People Can Reason: A Rhetorical Case for Including Vernacular Voices in Ethical Public Relations Practice." Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 87, No. 4, July 2009.
The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo: De Doctrina Christiana & the Search for a Distinctly Christian Rhetoric, eds. Richard Leo Enos and Roger Thompson et al. in Philosophy & Rhetoric, 43.1, 2010: 86-90.
Augustine for the Philosophers: The Rhetor of Hippo, the Confessions, and the Continentals. (Calvin L. Troup, editor) Baylor University Press-Rhetoric and Religion Series, (forthcoming August 2014).
Temporality, Eternity, and Wisdom: The Rhetoric of Augustine's Confessions. University of South Carolina Press-Rhetoric Series, 1999. ISBN: 1-57003-308-0
"The Confessions and the Continentals." Ed. Calvin L. Troup. Augustine for the Philosophers: The Rhetor of Hippo, the Confessions, and the Continentals. Baylor University Press-Rhetoric and Religion Series, (forthcoming August 2014).
"Ellul & Augustine on Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication." Calvin L. Troup and Clifford G. Christians. Ed. Calvin L. Troup. Augustine for the Philosophers: The Rhetor of Hippo, the Confessions, and the Continentals. Baylor University Press-Rhetoric and Religion Series, (forthcoming August 2014).
"C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters." Ed. Robert H. Woods, Jr. Evangelicals and Popular Culture: Pop Goes the Gospel. Santa Barbara, CA: ABL-CIO, Inc., 2013. 21-35.
"Persistence/Termination/Memory." Encyclopedia of Identity. Ed. Ronald L. Jackson II. Ed. Ronald L. Jackson II. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2010.
"Civic Identity." Encyclopedia of Identity. Ed. Ronald L. Jackson II. Ed. Ronald L. Jackson II. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2010.
"Emptiness: The Discursive Effect of la technique." National Communication Association Convention, Washington, DC, November 22, 2013.
"Incarnate Orality as a Subversive Act: The Mechanical Duplicity of the Digital Divide." Media Ecology Association Convention, Grand Rapids, MI, June 11, 2013.
"Speaking in Temporality: Revisiting Book XI of Augustine's Confessions." Eastern Communication Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, April 26, 2013.
"Covenant and Commonwealth: Augustine's Philosophy of Rhetoric in The City of God." National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL, November 16, 2012.
"The Hopeful Jacques Ellul: An Ethic of Presence within the Problem of Communication." National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL, November 16, 2012.
"Incarnate Acts & Answerability: A Philosophy of Rhetoric in Mikhail Bakhtin." National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL, November 14, 2012.
"Jacques Ellul's Ethics of Rhetoric." National Communication Ethics Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 15, 2012.
"Walter J. Ong in Our Present Moment of Truth." Media Ecology Association 13th Annual Convention, Riverdale, NY, June 8, 2012.
"Bakhtin's Ought." Eastern Communication Association Convention, April 26, 2012, Cambridge, MA.
"Speech, Language, and Being: The Ground of Rhetorical Praxis in Jacques Ellul." National Communication Association Convention, November 20, 2011, New Orleans, LA.
"Treating Appendicitis: Toward a Triadic Philosophy of Rhetoric." National Communication Association Convention, November 18, 2011, New Orleans, LA.
"All for Naught: Jacques Ellul's La Technique and the Case for Iconoclasm." Marginal Theory Workshop on Technology and Identity, Duquesne University Marginal Theory Society, November 12, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA.
Troup, Calvin L., S. Alyssa Groom, and Brooke Witherow. "Small is Beautiful: IMC in an Entrepreneurial Frame." Integrated Marketing Communication Conference, June 4, 2011, Wilmington, NC.
"No-Hype IMC: A Case for Functional Fidelity." Eastern Communication Association Convention, April 15, 2011, Arlington, VA.
"The Humble Rhetoric of Jacques Ellul." NCA Annual Convention. November 2010, San Francisco, CA.
"Ellul's La Technique: The Mouth that Cannot Speak." National Communication Ethics Conference, June 2010, Pittsburgh, PA.
"The End of Rhetoric: Scientism and Screwtape's Miserific Vision." NCA Annual Convention, November 2009, Chicago, IL.
Works in Progress
Troup, Calvin L. House Divided: Technology, Commonwealth, and the Culture of Civic Rhetoric. [Manuscript in process.]
Troup, Calvin L. and Christina L Marinchak. Good, Not Nice: Confronting the Challenges of Everyday Communication with Practical Wisdom [Manuscript in Progress].
Troup, Calvin L., Celeste Grayson Seymour, and Laura Fulmer. "Domestic Courtesy: A Practical Ethic for Household Communication." Communication Theory.
Troup, Calvin L. "Lying: Augustine's Rhetorical Challenge to Accommodation." Ethical Space: International Journal of Media Ethics.
Troup, Calvin L. "Separation without Representation: The Tyranny of the Wall Metaphor." Free Speech Yearbook.
Troup, Calvin L. "Rhetoric, Ethics, and Aesthetics in a Triadic Semiotic Frame." American Journal of Semiotics.
Troup, Calvin L. and Kristin R. Wolfe. "Business-to-Business: Advertising out of Caricature." Journal of Business Communication Lu, Liyan and Calvin L. Troup. "Cultivating Humility in Education." Journal of Moral Education.
Troup, Calvin L. and Liyan Lu. Augustine's Rhetoric & Philosophy of Education. Baylor University Press.
Troup, Calvin L. "The Humble Rhetoric of Jacques Ellul." Philosophy & Rhetoric or Critical Studies in Media Communication.
Respondent. 2012 Paluse Lecture: "Echoes of Biblical Apocalypticism in Benedict XVI's Social Teaching," William M. Wright IV. October 11, 2012.
Education Technology Committee. McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts representative appointed by College Dean, 2008-2011.
CAFÉ Steering Committee. Member. 1998-2013.
Graduate Requirements Committee. McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Appointed by the dean of the college to review graduate requirements and coordinate with new university policies. Appointed 2013-present.
Online Education Committee. Appointed by the dean of the college to consider how best to engage the university's online education initiative from the perspective of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Appointed 2013-present.
Search Committee for NINSDU (National Institute for Newman Studies at Duquesne University) Director. Appointed by the dean of the college as member of the search for a new director of the Institute for Newman Studies, recently affiliated with the university. 2010-2011.
Director, Personae Learning Community. Lead team of colleagues in college learning community program for freshman students. Personae features four courses-Exploring Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Psychology, Reading and Writing, and Theological Views of the Person with a common service learning experience to introduce students in the community to undergraduate education in the college.
Graduate Council. Appointed by the chairman of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies to represent the graduate programs in the department on the council, 2002-present.
Promotion and Tenure Committee. Elected by College Faculty, 2008-2010.
2011 Departmental Review Committee Chair (co-chair with Dr. Janie Harden Fritz) Prepared Departmental Review Report for evaluation by the university administration and hosted external reviewer visit.
Program and Course Direction
Director, Rhetoric Ph.D. (2000-present). Responsible for oversight and direction of the program, including budget, advising, curriculum, recruitment, etc.
Interpersonal Communication Course, Co-Director. (1998-present) Mentor graduate assistants in classroom instruction.
Communication & Rhetorical Studies Department Graduate Committee. (1998-present) Member of committee charged with oversight of the department's graduate program.
Graduate Admissions Committees. (1998-present) Serve on admissions committees for master's degree and Ph.D. programs and participate in graduate assistantship appointment process.
Editor. Journal of Communication and Religion. The journal of the Religious Communication Association. 2009-2013.
Editorial Board Memberships
Journal of Communication and Religion
Western Journal of Communication
Other Editorial Serivce - Ad hoc reviews:
Explorations in Media Ecology.
Quarterly Journal of Speech.
Text & Performance Quarterly.
Review of Communication.
Rhetoric & Public Affairs.
Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
Manuscript Review. Arthos, John. Speaking Hermeneutically: Understanding in the Conduct of a Life. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2011.
Manuscript Review. Floyd, Kory. Interpersonal Communication: The Whole Story. Boston: McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2010.
External Tenure Review. University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Served as external reviewer for tenure & promotion case of Dr. Ako Inuzuka, Assistant Professor of Communication (2009).
Current Professional Memberships
National Communication Association
Eastern Communication Association
Pennsylvania Communication Association
Religious Communication Association
Media Ecology Association
Board Member, Geneva College Board of Trustees and Board of Corporators.
Elder, Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church, Gibsonia, PA.
Keynote Speaker. Reformed Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of the Alleghenies Family Conference. Laurelville Mennonite Conference Center, Laurelville, PA. (July 2014)
Reformed Presbyterian Church, Pacific Coast Presbytery Family Conference. Oak Glen Conference Center. Redlands, CA. August 2010.
Lecturer. Annual Theological Foundations for Youth Program, Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Lecture on St. Augustine's Confessions. 2005-present.
Consulting - Professional Communication
Mt. Lebanon School District (Mt. Lebanon, PA): Advised superintendent and district central office leadership on organizational communication culture and practices to enhance communication quality between leadership, middle management, faculty, staff, and students. 2009.
United States Steel Communication Skills Program: Provide communication training for United State Steel Corporation Management Associates in Pittsburgh, PA. Includes a three-seminar series: Oral Presentation Skills-a two-day session in business speaking; Basic Communication Skills for Managers-a two-day session integrating interpersonal, group, and organizational communication issues; Group Facilitation Skills-a one-day training session for small group (continuous improvement team) facilitators. Program developed and provided in conjunction with Penn State University in 1993. Over 300 U.S. Steel managers have participated from 1993-present.