Matt Gerber, Ph. D

Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Director of Debate

Contact Information:

Phone: 254.710.6917
Office: Castellaw Communications Center 139
Office Hours: Tues & Thurs. 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wed. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and By appointment

Mailing Address:

Dept. of Communication Studies
One Bear Place # 97368
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798-7368

Matthew Gerber Vita 2015


  • B.A., Communication, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1997
  • M.A., Communication Studies, Baylor University, 1999
  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, Univeristy of Kansas, 2005


Dr. Matt Gerber is the Director of Baylor�s nationally-ranked debate program, the Glenn R. Capp Debate Forum. Dr. Gerber was appointed Director of the Capp Forum in June of 2006, and served as the Assistant Director since 2003. Gerber has been deeply involved in the debate activity for nearly 20 years, and previously coached at the University of Kansas.

Matt is also an Assistant Professor, and specializes in Argumentation, Political Rhetoric, Diplomacy, and the Rhetoric of American Foreign Policy.

Dr. Gerber has recently published an article about American missile defense advocacy in the Journal of Diplomatic Language (, and his scholarship has also appeared in Argumentation & Advocacy. His most recent work includes presentation of a forthcoming publication titled �Rhetorical Whitewashing: The Case of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots� at the bi-annual ALTA Conference on Argumentation, held August 2-4, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

His current project is an examination of the form and function of collective public memory, as it specifically relates to the public memorials at the former Branch Davidian compound outside Waco, Texas. He plans to submit this research project to the Quarterly Journal of Speech upon its completion.

Matt is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and enjoys spending time with his wife Heather, and their two cats, Bozworth and Roscoe, as well as traveling with and coaching the debate team. Dr. Gerber is a die-hard Oklahoma Sooners football fan. (though he promises to wear Green & Gold at the game in November!).


  • CSS 5V36- Rhetoric, Media, and Culture
  • CSS 4353- Public Discourse and Foreign Policy
  • CSS 3307- Legal CommunicationCSS 3316- Persuasion
  • CSS 3304- Small Group Communication
  • CSS 1304- Argumentation & Debate
  • CSS 1305- Public Speaking

Teaching/Research Interests:

  • Argumentation & Debate
  • Political Rhetoric
  • Missile Defense Advocacy
  • U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Rhetoric
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Collective Public Memory
  • Legal Public Relations