Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication
Professor of Political Science
B.A., Wheaton College
M.A., Northern Illinois University
Ph.D., Penn State University
Courses at Baylor:
PSC 4310 Politics and Communication
The dynamic relationships between political and communication institutions; topics include political discourse, news and information, and portrayal of politics in popular entertainment.
PSC 4335 Public Discourse and Foreign Policy
An analytic approach to the discourse generated by United States
foreign policy in the post-World War II era. Topics covered include the
nature of public opinion and foreign policy, rhetorical and political
constraints on foreign policy discourse, and in-depth analysis of the
arguments for and against the conflict in Vietnam.
PSC 4340 African American Communication
Rhetorical strategies of African Americans, focusing on the historically important documents of oratory, argumentation, homiletic, and narrative.
PSC 5350 Seminar in Presidential Rhetoric
Survey of the genres of presidential rhetoric and theories of the rhetorical presidency; critical analysis of presidential discourse in selected eras, with focus on texts in context; and methods of evaluating presidential communication.
CSS 4351 Criticism of Contemporary Public Address
Significant public speeches in contemporary society, with emphasis on applying principles and methods of rhetorical criticism.