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Erik Garrett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Communication & Rhetorical Studies

College Hall 305
Phone: 412.396.1428

Education:

Ph.D., Philosophy and Communication, Purdue University, 2007
M.A., Philosophy, Lewis University, 2000
B.A., Philosophy, History, and Political Science, Lewis University, 1998
Bio

Erik Garrett is an associate professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. His doctorate is from Purdue University where he earned a joint degree in both the philosophy and communication departments. Dr. Garrett is author of Why Do We Go to the Zoo?: Communication, Animals, and the Cultural-Historical Experience of Zoos (The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press). He is the winner of a Duquesne University 2010 Teaching Award. He has published articles in the Review of Communication and the Atlantic Journal of Communication. His research interests are phenomenology, philosophy of communication, urban communication, rhetoric, Kenneth Burke, media ecology, social political philosophy, environmental justice, and globalization.

Scholarship

Books

Garrett, E. (2013). Why do we go to the zoo? Communication, animals, and the cultural-historical experience of zoos. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Published Refereed Articles & Book Chapters

Ucok-Sayrak, O. & Garrett, E. (2013). Grounding globalization: Theory, communication, and service-learning. In L. Nganga, J. Kambutu & W. Russell III (Eds.), Exploring Globalization Opportunities and Challenges in Social Studies: Effective Instructional Approaches. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Garrett, E. (2012). The essential secret of indirect communication. Review of Communication. 12(4).

Garrett, E. (2011) The rhetoric of antiblack racism: Lewis R. Gordon's radical phenomenology of embodiment. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 19(1), 6-16.

Garrett, E. (2010) "Existential identity questions." Ronald Jackson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Identity, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press, pp. 271-275.

Scigliano, D. & Garrett, E. (2010). Raising Your Voice - Joint Education and Public Relations E-Learning Advocacy Project. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2010 (pp. 1194-1198). Chesapeake, VA: AACE

Book Reviews

Garrett, E. (2013). "Review of The creolizing subject: Race, reason, and the politics of purity." Journal of Race and Policy.

Refereed Scholarly Presentations

Garrett, E. (2013, November) "A Feast of Discourse:" Transcendence and Catharsis in the Phaedrus and Symposium. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington DC.

Garrett, E. (2013, October) Toward a Phenomenological Aesthetics: The Interrelation of Phenomenology, Social Sciences and the Arts (eds Michael Barber and Jochen Dreher) Springer, 2014 Book Session. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Scineces, Eugene, OR.

Garrett, E. (2013, June) Husserl and McLuhan unplugged: Harmonizing Phenomenology and Media Ecology. Paper presented at the meeting of the Media Ecology Association, Grand Rapids, MI.

Garrett, E. (2013, May) Following the migration of "erotic birds:" Embodying the symbolic in Alfred Schutz's theory of literature and relationships. Paper presented at the meeting of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Ramapo, New Jersey.

Garrett, E. (2013, May) Toward a phenomenology of urban education: Action, advocacy, and reflexivity research in Hazelwood. Presentation at the Duquesne Educational Leadership Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA.

Garrett, E., & Hopson, R. (2013, May) The (mis) education of Hazelwood: A phenomenological tragedy. Presentation at the meeting of the Phenomenology Roundtable, Chicago, IL.

Garrett, E. (2013, April) Burke, Ellison and the rhetorical order of race an engagement with Bryan Crable's - Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke: At the Roots of the Racial Divide. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Garrett, E. (2013, April) Roundtable on future confluence in Burkean analysis. Presentation at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Garrett, E. (2012, November) What is phenomenology? Presentation at Preconference on "Phenomenology, Cognitive Science, and Narrative" presented at the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

Garrett, E. (2012, November) Victims No More, Marilyn Nissim-Sabat's radical new vision of humanity. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Rochester, New York.

Garrett, E. (2012, November) Husserl's transcendental phenomenology: Towards a phenomenology of development and maturity. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Rochester, New York.

Garrett, E. (2012, July). Ethnographic applications of C.L.R. James' Beyond a Boundary on a Pittsburgh inner- city basketball court. Paper presented at the meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, St. Augustine, Trinidad.

Garrett, E. (2012, May). Levinasian environmental topographies. Paper presented at the meeting of the North American Levinas Association, Anchorage, AK.

Garrett, E. (2012, April). The rhetorical importance of public space in low-income urban communities. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Garrett, E. (2012, April). Camping out with KB: A Burkeian analysis of the Occupying Wall Street Movement. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Garrett, E. (2012, April). A discussion of the demands of change: Kenneth Burke and a rhetoric of transitions. Roundtable presentation at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Garrett, E. (2012, April). Stephen Biko and Africana philosophy of communication. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Garrett, E. (2011, November). Who speaks for the Earth? Burkean analysis of Marcellus Shale rhetoric. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.

Garrett, E. (2011, November). The linguistic erasure of phenomenology: Reading the Husserl-Heidegger break via the rhetoric of Heidegger's Rectory Address. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.

Garrett, E. (2011, November). Eek! There is a mouse in the delivery room: Disney's advertisement strategy to increase its presence in the delivery room. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.

Garrett, E. (2011, October). The symbolic (caged) animal. Paper presented at the meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA.

Garrett, E. (2011, October). Race and the city park. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.

Garrett, E. (2011, September). Caribbean rhetorical phenomenology: Towards a
non-relativistic embodied reasoning. Paper presented at the meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, New Brunswick, NJ.

Zupi, D. & Garrett, E. (2011, June). The sound of irreplaceability: The jazz funeral and New Orleans. Paper presented at the meeting of the Phenomenology Roundtable, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Garrett, E. (2011, May). Permanence and Change and the Book of Change - I Ching. Paper presented at the meeting of the Kenneth Burke Society Triennial Conference, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

Garrett, E. (2011, May). Alfred Schutz, equality and the meaning structure of city parks. Paper presented at the meeting of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Arlington, VA.

Garrett, E. (2011, April). Towards a phenomenology of Avatar perception. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Arlington, VA.

Garrett, E. (2011, April). Nontraditional role power and the family: The case of stay at home dads. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Arlington, VA.

Garrett, E. (2011, April). A Phenomenology of Power: A Case Study in Pittsburgh Parks. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Arlington, VA.

Garrett, E. (2011, April). Sources of Significance: A critical engagement. Roundtable presentation at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Arlington, VA.

Garrett, E. (2010, November). Burkean spiritual directional transcendence as a corrective of neurophenomenology? Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Garrett, E. (2010, November). The "Glocalization" of service-learning. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Garrett, E. (2010, October). Intercultural phenomenological communication: A phenomenological analysis of structural loss in an inner-city Pittsburgh neighborhood. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society of Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Montreal, Canada.

Garrett, E. (2010, July). Levinas and the ethics of the communicative sphere: Speaking rebellious freedom with an obedient voice. Paper presented at the meeting of SIREL and the North American Levinas Society, Toulouse, France

Garrett, E. (2010, June). The phenomenology of Lewis R. Gordon and the critique of post-racial rhetoric. Paper presented at the meeting of the Phenomenology Roundtable, Philadelphia, PA.

Garrett, E. (2010, May). Communication urban narrative service-learning project. Paper presented at the meeting of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Brock, Canada.

Garrett E. (2010, April). "Dreams of Electric Sheep:" Technology and sacrifice. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Garrett E. (2010, April). Breaking interdisciplinary Decadence: Lewis R Gordon's philosophy of communication. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Garrett, E. (2010, April). Focus on the future: Creating an agenda for the future of Kenneth Burke. Roundtable presentation at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Garrett, E. (2010, April). Kenneth Burke - Relational scholar: Extending the Burkeian system. Roundtable presentation at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Garrett, E. (2009, November). Consumption and production in globalization rhetoric. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Garrett, E. (2009, November). Interruptions and echoes: Levinas on interpersonal and environmental ethics. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Garrett, E. (2009, October). Playing with gestures: Toward a genetic and generative phenomenology of childhood gestures. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society of Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Arlington, VA.

Garrett, E. (2009, October). Using service-learning pedagogy to generate environmental awareness in an urban university. Paper presented at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Latrobe, PA.

Garrett, E. (2009, June). Phenomenology and media ecology: Spaces of meaningful communication in the lifeworld. Paper presented at the meeting of the Phenomenology Roundtable, Providence, RI, June, 2009.

Garrett, E. (2009, May). Achieving a phenomenological rhetoric. Paper presented at the meeting of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Ramapo, New Jersey.

Garrett E. (2009, April). Toward a phenomenological-existential rhetorical understanding of the Other. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Garrett, E. (2009, April). Defining moments in retrospective: Intersections of the work of Kenneth Burke and philosophy of communication. Roundtable presentation at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Presentations: Invited

Garrett, E. (2012, September). Gardening in the desert: Alternative organizing in an urban food desert in the United States. Invited presentation at the workshop Discussing Theory Building at the Intersections of Organizing, Communication, and the Public-Private Debate, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Research Grants Received

Applied Urban Communication Research Grant (April 2011)
Awarded by the Urban Communication Association at the Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference - $1000 seed money for new research project received, Arlington, VA

Community Engagement Scholar Grant (Fall 2009- present)
Received funding to host two departmental MA students to do service-learning work. The grant was funding from the VISTA program allocated by Duquesne University's Office of Service-Learning. Funding for two students of approximately $2000-$3000 per year.

Duquesne University College of Liberal Arts NEH Grant (2010)
I was awarded a 2010 Duquesne University College of Liberal Arts NEH grant for $5000. This helped me organize and develop the 2010 Communication Ethics Conference, which yielded my edited book project.

Refereed Presentations Related to Teaching

Garrett, E. (April, 2012). Service-learning as pedagogical praxis for transitioning students towards maturity. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Scigliano, D. & Garrett, E. (October, 2010). "Raising Your Voice" - Joint education and public relations e-learning advocacy project. Virtual Paper Presented at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Orlando, Fl.

Garrett, E; Smith, T, Mann, J; Braun, Z; Donohoe, A; Pannebecker, C. (March, 2010) Intercultural communication course looks at the impact of service-learning in an urban environment. Poster Presentation at SPRING Southwest PA Regional Network for Growth of Service-Learning Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Honors/Awards

Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award. Spring 2010

Service

External Program Reviewer

SUNY Oneonta, Department of Communication Studies, April 2013

Offices Held

Chair, Society of Phenomenology and the Human Sciences 2010-2011, 2012-present

Board Member at Large, Society of Phenomenology and the Human Sciences 2009-2010

Executive Member at Large, Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists 2009-2012

Chair and Legislative Assembly Representative for the Semiotics Division, National Communication Association, Nov 2008-Nov 2010

Co-Founder
The Phenomenology Roundtable 2001-present

Conference Organizer
North American Levinas Society, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2013

Communication Ethics Conference, biannual conference of the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2010

Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences Annual Meeting, with Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 2008, and Rochester, NY, Nov 2012

Phenomenology Roundtable annual meeting 2004 at Purdue University, and 2011 at Duquesne University

Conference Division Planner

Kenneth Burke Division, Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI, April 2014

Kenneth Burke Division, Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2013

Preconference Organizer

Phenomenology, Cognitive Science, and Narrative, Philosophy of Communication Division, National Communication Association, November, 2012

Journal Peer Reviewer

Philosophy & Rhetoric

Oxford University Press

Journal of Human Studies

Review of Communication

Atlantic Journal of Communication

Conference Peer Reviewer

Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists

Society of Phenomenology and Human Sciences

Philosophy of Communication Division ECA

Philosophy of Communication Division NCA

Kenneth Burke Division ECA

Kenneth Burke Division NCA

University and College Service Activities

University Distinguished Dissertation Committee 2013/2014

College of Liberal Arts Diversity Committee Spring 2013-present

Founding Member of Duquesne - Hazelwood Community Partnership Advisory Committee 2009-present

College of Liberal Arts Representative to CTE Creative Teaching Award Committee 2011-2013

College of Liberal Arts Representative to Office of Service-Learning Course Designation Committee 2011-present

Office of Service-Learning Advisory Board Member 2011-present

Simon Silverman Board Member 2011-present

Prepared Duquesne University White House Interfaith and Service Campus Challenge Submission Summer 2011-Summer 2012

Departmental Service Activities

Director of Departmental Service-Learning - Duquesne University Fall 2008-present

Supervisor Community Engagement Scholar Program for Department of Communication - Duquesne University Summer 2009-present

Exploring Intercultural Communication Course Director (COMM 114) Fall 2011-present

Co-leader Phenomenology Reading Group that meets once a week - Duquesne University, Fall 2006-2013

Search Committee New Faculty Hire - Duquesne University Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Conference Planner - Eleventh Biannual Communication Ethics Conference at Duquesne University, Spring 2010

Other Professional Experience/Service

Nonprofit Board Membership

Center of Life- Hazelwood Fall 2013-present

Founding Member Advisory Board of Directors - Association for the Advancement of Science Communication - 2010 to present

Pittsburgh Passenger Pigeon Partnership 2013-present

Volunteer

Pittsburgh Montessori Public School 2012-present

Homeless Children's Education Fund 2011-present

Center of Life, Hazelwood 2009-present

Fishes and Loaves, Hazelwood 2012-present

NCA Day of Service - worked in the 9th Ward of New Orleans before convention Nov 2011

Professional Memberships

National Communication Association

Eastern Communication Association

International Communication Association

Pennsylvania Communication Association

Kenneth Burke Society

Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences

Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

Phenomenology Roundtable

Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists

North American Levinas Society

Caribbean Philosophical Association

Semiotics Society of America

Media Ecology Association