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Faculty Highlights

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies faculty members are scholars and leaders in the field of communication. Departmental faculty have national and international reputations and continue to be honored for their ongoing commitment to scholarship, teaching, and service. For a representative list of faculty scholarship, teaching, and service, please view the list below.

SCHOLARSHIP

  • 18 books (8 national book awards, 3 regional book awards)
  • 48 scholarly articles since 2014 (1 national article award)

ENDOWED CHAIRS

  • Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics
  • Former Henry Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence (2010-2015)

LEADERSHIP IN THE FIELD

  • Current/Former Executive Directors: Eastern Communication Association (ECA), Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA), Religious Communication Association (RCA)
  • Current/Former Presidents: Eastern Communication Association (ECA), Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA), Religious Communication Association (RCA)
  • Current/Former Editors of 9 scholarly journals (International, National, Regional, State)

A complete record of faculty accolades can be viewed on their respective curriculum vita, accessible through their faculty pages.

Scholarship

Since 2010, our faculty members have received numerous scholarship awards, including:

  • 2017 National Communication Association (NCA) Distinguished Scholar Award
  • 2017 Gender Studies Scholar of the Year Award, Southern States Communication Association (SSCA)
  • 2016 Paul Boase Prize for Scholarship, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University
  • 2015-2018 Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics
  • 2015 National Communication Association (NCA) Philosophy of Communication Division Journal Article of the Year Award
  • 2014 National Communication Association (NCA) Philosophy of Communication Division Top Book Award
  • 2014 Distinguished Research Fellow, Eastern Communication Association (ECA)
  • 2014 Everett Lee Hunt Award, Eastern Communication Association (ECA)
  • 2010-2015 Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence

Books: 18

Arneson, Pat. Communicative Engagement and Social Liberation: Justice Will Be Made. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014.

  • Winner of Communication Ethics Division's Top Book Award, National Communication Association, 2014.
  • Winner of Philosophy of Communication Division Top Book Award, National Communication Association, 2014.

Arnett, Ronald C., Sarah M. Flinko, and Matthew Corr. Corporate Communication Crisis Leadership: Ethics and Advocacy. New York, NY: Business Expert Press, 2017.

Arnett, Ronald C. Levinas's Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017.

Arnett, Ronald C., Leeanne M. Bell McManus, and Amanda G. McKendree. Conflict Between Persons: The Origins of Leadership. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2014.

Arnett, Ronald C. Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013.

  • Winner of Communication Ethics Division's Top Book Award for Philosophy of Communication Ethics, National Communication Association, 2013.

Arnett, Ronald C. and Annette M. Holba. Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.

  • Winner of Philosophy of Communication Division's award for Best Book, National Communication Association, 2013.
  • Winner of Everett Lee Hunt Book Award, Eastern Communication Association, 2013.

Arnett, Ronald C., Janie M. Harden Fritz, and Leeanne M. Bell. Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.

Arnett, Ronald C. 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.

Arnett, Ronald C. and Pat Arneson. Dialogic Civility in a Cynical Age: Community, Hope, and Interpersonal Relationships. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.

Arnett, Ronald C. Dialogic Education: Conversation About Ideas and Between Persons. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992; Reprinted, 1997.

Arnett, Ronald C. 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.

Arnett, Ronald C. 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.

Fritz, Janie M. Harden. Professional civility: Communicative virtue at work. New York: Peter Lang, 2013.

  • Winner of the Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award, Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research, 2013. 
  • Winner of Everett Lee Hunt Award for Scholarship, Eastern Communication Association, 2014.

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

Maier, Craig T. Communicating Catholicism: Rhetoric, Ecclesial Leadership, and the Future of the American Roman Catholic Diocese. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016.

  • Religious Communication Association Book of the Year Award, 2017.

Roberts, Kathleen G. The Limits of Cosmopolis: Ethics and Provinciality in the Dialogue of Cultures. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

Roberts, Kathleen G. Alterity and Narrative: Stories and the Negotiation of Western Identities. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007.

  • Winner of National Communication Association Book of the Year, International and Intercultural Communication Division, 2008.

Wachs, Anthony M. The New Science of Communication: Reconsidering McLuhan's Message for Our Modern Moment. Philosophy/Communication Series. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2015.

Scholarly Articles (since 2014): 48

Arneson, P. "Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Communicating the Virtue of Friendliness." Communication Law Review, 16.2 (2016): 41-60.

Arneson, Pat. "Judicial Interpretation of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Beyond the Doctrine of Stare Decisis." Communication Law Review, 15.2 (2015): 1-13.

Arneson, Pat, and Sarah M. Flinko. "Richard B. Gregg: Contributions to the Field of Communication." The Pennsylvania Scholars Series: Richard B. Gregg, 7 (2014): 3-16.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Communicative Ethics: The Phenomenological Sense of Semioethics." Language and Dialogue, 7.1 (2017): 80-99.

Arnett, Ronald C. "The Field of Communication in the United States." Res Rhetorica, 2 (2017): 80-82.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Dialogic Education in an Age of Administrative Preening." Journal for the Association of Communication Administration, 35.2 (2016): 45-52.

Arnett, Ronald C. "An Immemorial Obligation: Countering the Eclipse of the Other." Journal of Communication and Religion, 39.2 (2016): 7-21.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Philosophy of Communication: Qualitative Research, Questions in Action." Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 17.1 (2016): 1-6.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Educational Misdirections: Attending to Levinas's Call for Ethics as First Principle." Atlantic Journal of Communication, 24.1 (2016): 3-16.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Levinas: Leadership without Template or Code." Leadership and the Humanities, (2016): 38-51.

Arnett, Ronald C. "The Dialogic Necessity: An Acknowledging and Engaging Monologue." Ohio Communication Journal, 53 (2015): 1-10.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Awakening Communicative Justice: Attending to the Precariat." Social Transformations, 1 (2015): 1-43.

Arnett, Ronald C. "The Creative Praxis of Philosophy of Communication." Review of Communication, 15.4 (2015): 341-345.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Ventriloquism as Communicative Music." Language Under Discussion, 2.1 (2015): 41-44.

Arnett, Ronald C., David DeIuliis, and Susan Mancino. "Existential Signs as Primordial Data: An Enigma Wrapped in Hypertextuality." Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, 6.1 (2015): 3-20.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Book Review of Adaptive Rhetoric: Evolution, Culture, and the Art of Persuasion, by Alex C. Parrish." Language and Dialogue, 5.2 (2015): 334-339.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Civic Dialogue: Attending to Locality and Recovering Monologue." Journal of Dialogue Studies, 2.2 (2014): 71-92.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Book Review of Buber and Education: Dialogue as Conflict Resolution, by W. John Morgan and Alexandre Guilherme." Journal of Dialogue Studies, 2.1 (2014): 115-118.

Flinko, Sarah M. and Ronald C. Arnett. "The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Scholarship in the Classroom." Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 33.1 (2014): 35-46.

Arnett, Ronald C. "The Wonder of Communicative Encounter: The Shifting Landscape of Dialogic Education." Spiritan Horizons: A Journal of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, 9 (2014): 120-130.

Butchart, Garnet C. "Communication and the Thesis of Intentionality in Husserl, Sartre, and Levinas." The Review of Communication, 17.1 (2017): 56-73.

Butchart, Garnet C. "The Communicology of Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida: Reflections on the Sign-Body Experience of Communication." Visual Communication, 15.2 (2016): 199-219.

Butchart, Garnet C. "Touch, Communication, Community: Jean-Luc Nancy's Semiotic Phenomenology." Metodo: International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, 3.1 (2015): 221-244.

Butchart, Garnet C. and Margaret Mullan. "Classroom Projects as Embodied and Embedded Outcomes Assessment." Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 34.1 (2015): 40-54.

Butchart, Garnet C. "Haunting Past Images: On the 2006 Documentary Film Description of a Memory in the Context of Communicology." The American Journal of Semiotics, 30.1-2 (2014): 27-52.

Butchart, Garnet C. "What Can a Philosophy and Ethics of Communication Look Like in the Context of Documentary Filmmaking?" Semiotica, 199 (2014): 83-96.

DeIuliis, David M., and Sarah M. Flinko, "Professional Civility and Problematic Relationships in the Workplace," Communication Research Trends, 35.1 (2016): 4-28.

Flinko, Sarah M. "Mother Teresa: A Call for Communicative Liberating Action." Listening/Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 49.2 (2014): 74-86.

Fritz, Janie M. Harden. "Researching workplace relationships: What can we learn from qualitative organizational studies?" Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31 (2014): 460-466.

Maier, Craig T., and Jonathan R. Crist (2017). "From 'wicked crisis' to responsive witness: Jean-Luc Marion and the American Roman Catholic sexual abuse scandal." Southern Communication Journal, 82.3 (2017): 164-174. doi:10.1080/1041794X.2017.1315453

Maier, Craig T. "Education for the love of the world: Hannah Arendt's philosophy of education and communication studies." The Atlantic Journal of Communication, 24.5 (2016): 289-301.

Maier, Craig T. "Beyond Branding: Van Riel and Fombrun's Corporate Communication Theory in the Human Services Sector." Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 17.1 (2016): 27-35. doi:10.1080/17459435.2015.1088892

Karolak, Hannah and Craig T. Maier. "From 'safe spaces' to 'communicative spaces': Semiotic labor, authentic civility, and the basic communication course." Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 34.2 (2015): 88-101.

Maier, Craig T. "Public relations as humane conversation: Richard Rorty, stakeholder theory and public relations practice." Public Relations Inquiry, 4.1 (2015): 25-39.

Maier, Craig T., Naomi B. O'Neil, and Janie M. Harden Fritz. "Who reads Catholic newspapers?: Exploring readership in a changing industry." Journal of Media and Religion, 13.3 (2014): 153-169.

Maier, Craig T. "Discerning ‘the signs of the times' in American Catholicism: Parish pastoral councils and parish pastoral research." Journal of Religious Leadership, 13.1 (2014): 133-160.

Maier, Craig T. "Pursuing purpose on the Christian liberal arts campus: Dialogic education as vocational conversation." Christian Higher Education, 13.3 (2014): 209-224.

Rief, John J., Megan E. Hamm, Susan L. Zickmund, Cara Nikolajski, Dan Lesky, Rachel Hess, Gary S. Fischer, Melissa Weimer, Sunday Clark, Caroline Zieth, and Mark S. Roberts. "Using Health Information Technology to Foster Engagement: Patients' Experiences with an Active Patient Health Record," Health Communication, 32.3 (2017): 310-319. DOI:10.1080/10410236.2016.1138378.

Rief, John J. "Building the Case for an ‘Architectonic' Function of Rhetoric in Health Services Research." POROI: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention, 10.1 (2014): Available at http://ir.uiowa.edu/poroi/vol10/iss1/9/.

Thames, Richard H. "God Is a Circle Whose Center Is Everywhere: Kenneth Burke & Charles Williams, Langauge & Love." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 50.3 (2015): 199-207.

Thames, Richard H. "Unforgetting a Tradition: Kenneth Burke, Karl Marx, and Aristotelian Naturalism." Russian Journal of Communication, 7.1 (January 2015): 116-124.

Ucok-Sayrak, Ozum. "Attending to the ‘face of the Other' in intercultural communication: Thinking and talking about difference, identity, and ethics." Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 9.2 (2016): 122-139.

Ucok-Sayrak, Ozum. "Interbeing and the ‘ethical echo' of Levinas: Exploring communication ethics beyond willed agency." Review of Communication, 14.3-4 (2014): 245-269.

Ucok-Sayrak, Ozum. "Introduction." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 49.1 (2014): 2-7.

Ucok-Sayrak, Ozum. "Knowing with one's ‘whole self:' Contemplative inquiry as embodied knowing in the communication classroom." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 49.1 (2014): 44-64.

Wachs, Anthony. "Contextualizing Faith and Reason: Pope Benedict XVI on Religion in the Public Sphere Redux." Journal of Communication and Religion, 38.3 (2015): 107-123.

Wachs, Anthony. "Collective Representations: The Resurrection of Language in Owen Barfield's Anti-Reductionism." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 50.3 (2015): 180-198.

Wachs, Anthony M. "Interpersonal Rhetoric: An Approach to Bettering Oneself and Others." Discourse: Journal of the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota, 1 (2014): 32-44.

Teaching

Our faculty members are nationally and internationally known scholar-teachers:

  • 2015 Teacher of the Year Award, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, Duquesne Chapter
  • 2013 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Distinguished Teaching Fellow
  • 2012 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Distinguished Teaching Fellow

Service

Our faculty members demonstrate care for and commitment to the field of communication. They provide professional expertise and organizational service in the following international, national, regional, and state roles:

  • Co-Founder of the Communication Ethics Institute
  • Executive Director of the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) (2010-2016)
  • President of the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) (2010-2011)
  • Kenneth Burke Society Distinguished Service Award (2017)
  • Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) (2007-present)
  • President of the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) (1998-1999; 2001-2002; 2006-2007; 2013-2014)
  • Executive Secretary of the Religious Communication Association (RCA) (2010-2013); Executive Director of the Religious Communication Association (RCA) (2014-present)
  • President of the Religious Communication Association (RCA) (2001-2002; 2007-2008; 2008-2009)
  • Joseph Lagana Homeless Children's Education Fund Volunteer of the Year Award (2016)

Additionally, our faculty members either edit or have edited the following journals:

  • Explorations in Media Ecology (2015-present)
  • Journal of Communication and Religion (2009-2013; 2013-present)
  • Communication Law Review (2017-present)
  • Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture (2010-present)
  • Journal of the Association of Communication Administration (2014-present)
  • Pennsylvania Scholars Series (2000-2003; 2006-present)
  • Review of Communication (2010-2012)
  • Qualitative Research Reports in Communication (2012-2014)