Scott Varda, Ph.D.
Office Location: Castellaw Communications Center 147
Office Hours: By appointment (current students should refer to syllabus and others may schedule by email)
Department of Communication
One Bear Place # 97368
Waco, TX 76798-7368
Current Research Interest Areas:
Broadly speaking, I am a scholar trained to interrogate how rhetoric shapes public culture. My research primarily focuses on how texts (speeches, books, newspapers, movies, websites, social media) shape cultural understandings of race, gender, class, and (dis)ability. I also write, lecture, and offer expert input on various aspects of extremism and argumentation. My current solo-authored book project investigates the rhetorical practices of the Noble Drew Ali and Moorish Science Temple of America. My current co-authored book project considers the rhetorical construction of precarity and rape culture. My work has appeared in numerous communication outlets, including Argumentation & Advocacy, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Contemporary Argumentation & Debate.
I teach a number of different courses at Baylor including Advanced Public Speaking, Introduction to Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Rhetoric and Contemporary Culture, Rhetorics of Race, numerous graduate courses, and scores of independent studies. I try to meet students where they are, run all my classes as online or hybrid to achieve something close to universal design, and use inventive and recent pedagogical practices like ungrading, inverted syllabi, and flipped classroom tactics.
Family, Outside Hobbies, and Interests:
When I am not working, I love to spend time with my family and/or in nature. I like gardening, woodworking, cooking, and fantasy football.