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Arnett Appointed New Endowed Chair at Duquesne University

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett has been appointed the inaugural Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Chair in Scholarly Excellence at Duquesne University. He is chair and professor of Duquesne’s Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies.

The newly endowed chair is named for Koren, who was head of Duquesne’s Department of Philosophy during the 1950s. Koren was instrumental in making the University a recognized international center for phenomenological existentialism.

Since first joining Duquesne in 1993, Arnett co-founded the Communication Ethics Institute and oversaw the development of the MARC Center for Excellence and the Ketchum Institute for Public Communication. He has taught numerous courses on topics such as communication ethics, interpersonal communication, conflict management in organizations, public speaking and the rhetoric/philosophy of crisis management.

He is the author/co-author 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; and Communication 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. He has also authored more than 60 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.

In 2009 Dr. Arnett was named both Centennial Scholar of Communication and Centennial Scholar of Philosophy of Communication by the Eastern Communication Association. 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 Religion and is currently the editor of the Review of Communication and executive director of the Eastern Communication Association.

Arnett holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Manchester College, a master’s of divinity in peace studies from Bethany Theological seminary, and a master’s and Ph.D. in interpersonal communication from Ohio University. He resides in Wexford.

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