Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D.Chair & Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Communication & Rhetorical Studies
College Hall 340
Education:M.Div., Peace Studies, Bethany Theological Seminary, 1983
Ph.D., Interpersonal Communication, Ohio University, 1978
M.A., Interpersonal Communication, Ohio University, 1975
B.S., Psychology, Manchester College, 1974
Ronald C. Arnett (Ph.D., Ohio University, 1978) is chair and professor of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence at Duquesne University.He is the author/coauthor of six books and three edited books, including Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (with Janie M. Harden Fritz and Leeanne M. Bell, SAGE, 2009); Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer's Rhetoric of Responsibility (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), for which he received the 2006 Everett Lee Hunt Award for Outstanding Scholarship; andCommunication and Community: Implications of Martin Buber's Dialogue (Southern Illinois University Press, 1986), for which he won the 1988 Book of the Year Award from the Religious Speech Communication Association. Additionally, his book Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope is currently in press with Southern Illinois University Press. He has authored more than eighty scholarly articles and essays and is the recipient of the 1999 Article of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association and the 1979 Article of the Year Award from the Religious Speech Communication Association. Dr. Arnett received the Administrator of the Year Award from the National States Advisory Council in 2011, and was named both Centennial Scholar of Communication and Centennial Scholar of Philosophy of Communication by the Eastern Communication Association in 2009. Additionally, he received the 2006 Robert J. Kibler Service Award for visionary leadership from the National Communication Association, as well as the 2005 Scholar of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association. Dr. Arnett is the former editor of the Journal of Communication and Religionand is currently editor of the Review of Communication and executive director of the Eastern Communication Association.
Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press (in press).
Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning (with Annette M. Holba). New York: Peter Lang (in press).
Conflict Between Persons: The Origins of Leadership (with Leeanne M. Bell McManus and Amanda G. McKendree. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt (under contract).
Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (with Janie M. Harden Fritz and Leeanne M. Bell). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.Roberts, Kathleen Glenister and Ronald C. Arnett, eds. Communication Ethics: Cosmopolitanism and Provinciality. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.
Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer's Rhetoric of Responsibility. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005. Winner of the Everett Lee Hunt Award for Scholarship, Eastern Communication Association, 2006.
Dialogical Civility in a Cynical Age: Community, Hope, and Interpersonal Relationships (with Pat Arneson). Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.
Makau, Josina and Ronald C. Arnett, eds.Communication Ethics in an Age of Diversity. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.
Anderson, Robert, Kenneth Cissna, and Ronald C. Arnett, eds. The Reach of Dialogue: Confirmation, Voice, and Community.Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 1994.
Dialogic Education: Conversation About Ideas and Between Persons. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992; Reprinted, 1997.
Communication and Community: Implications of Martin Buber's Dialogue. Foreword by Maurice Friedman. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1986. Winner of Book of the Year Award, Religious Speech Communication Association, 1988.
Dwell in Peace: Applying Nonviolence to Everyday Relationships. Elgin, IL: Brethren Press, 1980; Second printing 1985. Nominated for Book Award, 1980. Chapter reprinted by permission in 3rd and 4th editions of Bridges Not Walls: A Book About Interpersonal Communication, Ed. John Stewart.
Book Chapters (2008-Present)
"Media Ethics: Revisiting Traditions as the Heart of the Public Sphere." In Ethics of Media. Eds. Mirca Madianou, Amit Pinchevski, and Nick Couldry. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (in press).
"Hans-Georg Gadamer: Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Interplay of Understanding and Meaning." In Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication. Ed. Jason Hannan. New York: Peter Lang (in press).
"Communication Ethics as Janus at the Gates: Responding to Postmodernity and the Normativity of Crisis." In Communication Ethics and Crisis: Negotiating Differences in Public and Private Spheres. Eds. S. Alyssa Groom and Janie Harden Fritz (pp. 161-180). Lanham, MD: Farleigh Dickenson University Press, 2011.
"Communication Ethics: The Wonder of Metanarratives in a Postmodern Age." In The Handbook of Global Communication and Media Ethics, Vol. 1, Eds. Robert S. Fortner and P. Mark Fackler (pp. 20-40). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
"Situating a Dialogic Ethics: A Dialogic Confession." In The Handbook of Communication Ethics. Eds. George Cheney, Steve May, and Debashish Munshi (pp. 45-63). New York: Routledge, 2011. Winner of the Top Edited Volume Award, NCA Communication Ethics Division, 2011.
"Emmanuel Levinas: Priority of the Other." In Ethical Communication: Moral Stances in Human Dialogue. Eds. Clifford G. Christians and John Merrill. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009.
"Paulo Freire: Face Saving and Communication." In Ethical Communication: Moral Stances in Human Dialogue. Eds. Clifford G. Christians and John Merrill. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009.
"Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Courage versus Authority." In Ethical Communication: Moral Stances in Human Dialogue. Eds. Clifford G. Christians and John Merrill. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009.
"Provinciality and the Face of the Other: Levinas on Communication Ethics, Terrorism, Otherwise than Originative Agency." In Communication Ethics: Cosmopolitanism and Provinciality. Eds. Kathleen Glenister Roberts and Ronald C. Arnett. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.
"Beyond Dialogue: Levinas and Otherwise Than the I-Thou." Language and Dialogue, 3 (2012): (in press).
"Civic Rhetoric, Meeting the Communal Interplay of the Provincial and the Cosmopolitan: Barack Obama's Notre Dame Speech, May 17, 2009." Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 14.4 (2011): 631-671.
"Father Henry Koren: Communication Ethics and Existential Revelation." Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture,46.2 (2011): 140-152.
"Leisure and the Communicative Praxis of Craft." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 46.1 (2011): 21-36.
"Existential Civility: Leaning Forward into the Rapids." Spiritan Horizons, 6 (2011): 39-48.
"Multiplicity, Complexity, and the Necessity of Limits: A Review of Thomas W. Cooper's Fast Media, Media Fast." Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 26.2 (2011): 176-178.
"Review of Dialogically Speaking: Maurice Friedman's Interdisciplinary Humanism, by Kenneth P. Kramer." Journal of Communication, 61.2 (2011): E5-E7.
"Religious Communication Scholarship: Going Nowhere Correctly." Journal of Communication and Religion, 33.2 (2010): 221-246.
"Defining Philosophy of Communication: Difference and Identity." Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 11.1 (2010): 57-62.
"Dialogic Learning as First Principle in Communication Ethics"(with Leeanne M. Bell and Janie M. Harden Fritz). Atlantic Journal of Communication, 18.3 (2010): 111-126.
"Dialogue as 'Enlarged Communicative Mentality': Review, Assessment, and Ongoing Difference" (Celeste Grayson, and Christina McDowell). Communication Research Trends, 27 (2008): 3-25.
"Partnering with the Business School: The Business and Professional Communication Course" (with Amanda McKendree, Janie Harden Fritz, and Kathleen Glenister Roberts). Business Communication Quarterly, 71 (2008): 346-350.
"Bridges Not Walls: The Communicative Enactment of Dialogic Storytelling" (with Pat Arneson and Annette Holba). Review of Communication, 8.3 (2008): 217-234.
Editorial Board, Review of Communication, 2012-2014
Member, Nominating Committee, Semiotic Society of America, 2012-2014
Executive Director, Eastern Communication Association, 2010-2012
Editor, Review of Communication, 2010-2012
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Communication Association
Administrator of the Year Award, National States Advisory Council, National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, November 19, 2011
Fellow, Collegium of Fellows of the International Communicology Institute, 2011
Named Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010
Elizabeth G. Andersch Award, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, Athens, OH, May 26-27, 2010
Selected Faculty Member, National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, June 1-5, 2009
Honoree, Centennial Scholar of Philosophy of Communication & Centennial Scholar of Communication, Eastern Communication Association 100th Annual Convention, "Defining Moments: A Century of Communication," Philadelphia, PA, April 23, 2009
Communication Ethics, Communication Management, Rhetoric & Philosophy of Cyberspace, Hermeneutic Phenomenology, Interpersonal Communication, Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication Pedagogy, Rhetoric & Philosophy of Crisis Management, Strategic Corporate Communication