400/Senior Level Courses
Computer Mediated Communication special topics
Public Advocacy for Social Justice
100/First Year Level Courses
Public Communication/Speech 140
Basic, hybrid communication course/Fundamentals of Communication
Mentoring Student Research
As of the end of spring 2017 I have mentored approximately 170 students in original scholarship through our Comm 499, research capstone course. Approximately 52 (that’s about 30%) have been selected to present original research at academic conference through a blind/anonymous review selection process. An additional 30 have presented course projects at other conferences on panels through a peer review process. My students have won the Southern States Communication Association’s Franklin Shirley Award for the Top Undergraduate Paper twice in the past several years.
Ph.D., Speech Communication (2000), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
Rhetoric and Public Address with cognate in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling. Advisor: Dr. Ken Zagacki
M.A., Communication (1995), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Advisor: Dr. Tom Frentz
B.A., Communication (1993), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
National Communication Association
Southern States Communication Association
Carolinas Communication Association (Life Member)
Rhetoric Society of America
American Association of University Professors
National Communication Association
Lambda Pi Eta National Faculty Advisor Board, 2006-2008; 2010-2012.
- Closely worked with NCA staff to ensure national oversight of LPH.
- Created Lambda Pi Eta national task force on logo/crest/conference work (2005-present).
- Helped plan panels for NCA conferences.
- Took the lead in re-writing LPH constitution.
Southern States Communication Association
Became President of SSCA in April 2018
First Vice President
- Planned the 2018 SSCA convention program (conference is in April).
- The program consists of approximately 210 panels and 600 participants.
- Created innovated VP spotlight panels.
- Oversaw selection process for Bostrom award for top graduate paper.
Elected Second Vice President of SSCA in Spring 2016
- Consisted of planning the 2017 Theodore Clevenger Jr. Undergraduate Honors Conference in Greenville, SC.
- Ascended to position First Vice President in spring 2017 and serve as primary program planner for the 2018 conference in Nashville, TN.
- Will serve as SSCA President beginning spring 2018.
Member of the Constitution Committee (2015-2016—rotated off because of my election as Second VP).
Chair, Finance Committee, 2014-2015 (member 2012-2015).
- Role is Chair meant a position on the SSCA’s Administrative Committee.
- Collaborated with SSCA Executive Director to ensure fiscal health of the organization.
- Played oversight position role with access to all accounts.
- Position included invitation to collaborate with all SSCA executive committee and Executive Director at summer 2015 strategic planning retreat to create five year strategic plan.
Chair, John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award Committee, 2010-2011 (member 2008-2011).
- Collaborated with committee members to review and select recipient.
- Presented the award all three years I was a member.
Chair, American Society for the History of Rhetoric Interest Group, 2002-2003.
- Planned the ASHR SSCA conference for 2003 convention.
Carolinas Communication Association
Editor, Carolinas Communication Annual, 2013-2015.
- Created call, selected editorial board, ensured thorough blind reviews.
- Worked with printing company to completely redesign the look of the journal to look like more like academic journals published by larger organizations that work with Taylor & Francis.
- Contracted with EBSCO to make the journal searchable for the first time since it began in 1985.
- As First VP this leadership role involved planning the 2008 annual conference which was held in Columbia, SC.
- As President helped organize membership of all standing committees, set all agenda items and presided over all meetings for the 2009 conference.
- As President I worked with other officers and organizational membership to update the constitution for the first time in six years.
Honors and Awards
- 2013 Columbia College “Student Choice” Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching.
- 2012 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Teaching Award for Columbia College.
- 2010 Columbia College “Student Choice” Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching.
- 2010-2011 Recognition for Exemplary Teaching by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
- Fighting Koalas 2011 Favorite Teacher Award.
- 2012 Betty Jo Welch Award for Service, Carolinas Communication Association (The Betty Jo Welch Award is given to a CCA member who has demonstrated "continuing and outstanding service to the association and the professions.").
- Awarded Travel Grants 2003-2015 at Columbia College (a selective process, $1800 per year).
- Sabbatical, spring 2014 (sabbatical is a selective process at Columbia College with only 1-2 faculty members chosen per year).
- 2013 Ray Camp Research Award for top faculty research paper, Carolinas Communication Association.
- 2011 Ray Camp Research Award for top faculty research paper, Carolinas Communication Association.
- 2009 GIFTS Top Ten paper, Top Three on conference theme, National Communication, Chicago.
- 2007 GIFTS Top Ten paper, National Communication Association, Chicago.
Community and University Service
Selective Additional Service Experience
- Currently serve on Atlantic Institute’s (SC chapter) Steering Committee.
- Served on the City of Cayce, SC Events Planning Committee, 2014-2016.
National Communication Association (current member)
- Editorial Board for Text and Performance Quarterly (2016-)
- Paper reviewer for proposals to the Student Section, NCA Annual Convention (2005), as well as for the Lambda Pi Eta Section and Stephen A. Smith Undergraduate Research Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014).
- Paper reviewer for proposals to the GIFTS Section, NCA Annual Convention (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013).
Southern States Communication Association (current member)
- Paper reviewer for proposals to the Theodore Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference, held in conjunction with SSCA (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017).
- Paper reviewer for proposals to the ASHR Interest Group, SSCA annual conventions (2004, 2005, 2006).
- Paper Reviewer for Burke Interest Group (2012).
Carolinas Communication Association (current member)
- Editorial Board for Carolinas Communication Annual (2016-)
- Reviewer for Ray Camp Research Award in 2006, 2015, 2016, 2017.
- Have served on nominations committee and Betty Jo Welch Award committee, 2014.
- Paper reviewer for the Jarrard Graduate Paper Competition in 2007 and 2017.
General Research Interests
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning/History of Communication Pedagogy
- Rhetoric of Place and Memory/Rhetoric of Tourism
- Political Communication
Associate Professor of Communication, University of South Carolina Aiken, 2017-Present
Professor of Communication Studies, Columbia College, SC 2014-2017
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Columbia College, SC 2008-2014 (tenured in 2008)
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Columbia College, SC 2003-2008
Assistant Professor of Communication, Wesleyan College, GA 2001-2003
Assistant Professor of Speech, Gordon College, GA 2000-2001
Instructor of Speech Communication, Louisiana State University, 1999-2000
Adjunct Instructor of Communication, Tulsa Community College, 1996
Adjunct Instructor of Communication, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, 1995
PAST FIVE YEARS (for a complete list, see the full CV)
Blind Peer Reviewed Competitively Selected Papers
“Here the Civil War Began: Fort Sumter and Dialogic Tourism Spaces/Places,” Palmetto Connections Symposium “Why We Fight: War, Conflict, and Community,” Aiken, SC, Nov. 2017.
“Reenacting Southern Manhood through the Rhetoric of Civil War Reenactment: Public Memory, Gun Culture, and the Burning of Columbia.” Carolinas Communication Association, Greenville, SC, October 2014.
“Rhetoric and Public Memory on the South Carolina State House Grounds: ‘Official Racism,’ the Guilt of Slavery, and the Limits of a Rhetorical Experience of Place.” Carolinas Communication Association, Charlotte, NC, October 2013. This paper won the Ray Camp Research Award for Top Faculty Paper
Selected Papers Presented, but Submitted as Part of a Peer Reviewed Panel (includes panels with and without respondent):
“Ride the Tourism Train: Temporality, Public Memory, and the South Carolina Railroad Museum,” Paper presented at the Southern States Communication Association’s annual convention in Greenville, SC, April 2017.
“Marking the Church: Charleston, Public Memory, and Civic Action,” Rhetoric Society of America annual conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2016.
“Sons of Confederate Veterans: Discourses of Heritage and Hate,” Carolinas Communication Association, Charleston, SC, Oct. 2015.
“Navigating Interpersonal Interactions between Tourists and Tour Guides,” Carolinas Communication Association, Charleston, SC, Oct. 2015.
“Re-Gendering the Civil War: Reenactment, Fashion, and Epistemologies of Memory,” National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, Nov. 2014.
“Touring South Carolina’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Slavery, Matriarchy, and the Mockery of Southern Public Memory.” Southern States Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2014.
“Fighting with the Ghosts of Southern Pride: Rhetoric, Public Memory, and the Dark Journey of the Fort Sumter Tour,” National Communication Association, Washington, DC, November 2013.
“Experiential Learning, Service Learning, and Teaching Civil Advocacy,” Carolinas Communication Association, Charlotte, NC, October 2013.
Peer Reviewed Selected Performances:
High Impact Pedagogy: My Dad, Johnny Cash, and A Boy Named Sue. Solo Performance, Southern States Communication, Nashville, TN, April 2018.
"Walker, Texas Ranger (Swedish Polisen Episode),” Short movie produced for Sweding’s Legacy, Sweding’s Relevance: Sweding the Big D, National Communication Association’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 2017.
“Rocky I-V (The Swedish Stallion),” Short movie produced for Sweding Philly: Parodic Performance, Adaptation, Filmmaking, and Philadelphia, National Communication Association’s annual convention in Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2016.
If that Mockingbird Don’t Sing: Ladies, Birds, and Johnsons. Solo Performance, Southern States Communication, Austin, TX, April 2016.
“(Sweded, Not Stirred): Diamonds are Forever,” Short movie produced for Sweding Las Vegas: Embracing Performance, Parody, and Filmmaking that Brings "Vegas" to Vegas, National Communication Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, NV, Nov. 2015.
“Germinal Impressions: (Almost) 100 Key Ideas from the Last 100 Years in (Almost) 100 Minutes,” performed as part of a multi-performance spectacle at the National Communication Association’s annual convention in Chicago, IL, Nov. 2014.
Equestrian Statuary and the Architecture of Misery: Performing Jackson Square, Performing Andrew Jackson, Performing Rhetoric. Solo Performance, Southern States Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2014.
Sporting Whiteness: The Kentucky Derby, Horse Buggery, and the Hegemony of Regional Identity. Solo Performance, Southern States Communication Association, Louisville, KY, April 2013.
Competitively Selected GIFTS Essays (Great Ideas for Teaching Speech/Students):
“’All in’ on Twitter: Teachable/Tweetable Moments in the Age of Trump,” Carolinas Communication Association, Clemson, SC, Oct. 2017.
“Andragogy Conscience: Designing Capstone for Blended “Adult” Programs,” Southern States Communication Association, Austin, TX, April 2016.
“The Feminist Sportscast: Embracing Opportunities to Challenge Mediated Hegemonic Masculinity,” National Communication Association’s annual convention, Las Vegas, NV, Nov. 2015.
“Teaching Persuasion by Rebranding South Carolina Tourist Sites,” Carolinas Communication Association, Charleston, SC, Oct. 2015.
“Connecting the Discipline and Connecting Disciplinary History with Contemporary Courses: The Metaphor of Quilt and Communication Studies,” National Communication Association, Washington, DC, November 2013.
“Texting Love: Choosing CMC to Convey Emotion and the Consequences of Invisible Corporality.” Southern States Communication Association, Louisville, KY, April 2013.
Presentations on Peer Reviewed Roundtables:
“The Legacy of Texas and the (Ir)relevance of Walls: Understanding Cultural Borderlands,” Performance panel presented at the National Communication’s Association’s annual convention in Dallas, TX, November 2017.
“Looking for ‘All In’ in All the Right Places: Hoping to Find New Ways NCA, SSCA, and CCA (and other State Organizations) can Work Together,” Carolinas Communication Association, Clemson, SC, Oct. 2017.
“’All In’ for Career Readiness: The Impact of Campus and Community Partnerships,” Carolinas Communication Association, Clemson, SC, Oct. 2017.
“Breakfast of Champions: Taylorism, Masochism and Academic Labor,” Performance panel presented at the Southern States Communication Association’s annual convention in Greenville, SC, April 2017.
“Spect-action: Calling for Performance Praxis and Community Engagement Beyond the Classroom,” National Communication Association’s annual convention in Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2016.
"‘A’ is for ‘Average’? Establishing Valid Criteria for Academic Honors in an Age of Grade Inflation,” National Communication Association’s annual convention in Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2016.
“Confederate Flag Removal: Locating the Conscience of South Carolina,” Southern States Communication Association, Austin, TX, April 2016.
“Navigating Sport/s Communication Pedagogy,” Carolinas Communication Association, Charleston, SC, Oct. 2015.
“Preservation of our Past: The Institutional Memory of Lambda Pi Eta,” National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, Nov. 2014.
“Envisioning the Communication Classroom: Moving on with Technology and Course Content.” Southern States Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2014.
“Performative Pedagogy: Choosing to be Critical Agents of Change in the Classroom.” Southern States Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2014.
“Connecting to our History: The Founding of Lambda Pi Eta at the University of Arkansas.” National Communication Association, Washington, DC, November 2013.
“Transformative Pedagogy: Choosing to be Critical Agents of Change in the Classroom.” Southern States Communication Association, Louisville, KY, April 2013.
Responding to Panel/Papers at Conferences:
“Graduate Research Presentations,” Carolinas Communication Association, Clemson, SC, October 2017.
“Rhetoric in the Age of Protest: Spotlight Panel on Undergraduate Research by First-Year Students,” Carolinas Communication Association, Greenville, SC, October 2014.
“Top Paper in the Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference,” Theodore Clevenger Jr. Undergraduate Honors Conference in conjunction with the Southern States Communication Association’s Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, April 2014
Blind Peer Review Essays
“Lambda Pi Eta: The Founding and Evolution of Communication’s Undergraduate Honor Society from a Systems Perspective.” The Review of Communication 14 (2014): 138-155. (Co-authored with Leslie J. Reynard [lead author] and Audrey W. Allison)
“Creating a Classroom Museum: A Lesson on Places of Public Memory and the South Carolina State House Grounds.” Carolinas Communication Annual 27 (2011): 58-74.
“Teaching Elocution in the 21st-Century Classroom.” Communication Teacher 25 (2011): 16-24. (A national peer reviewed journal focusing on the scholarship of teaching and learning published by the National Communication Association in association with Routledge)
“Debating Gender in Orangeburg, South Carolina: Barack Obama and an Androgynous Political Style.” Carolinas Communication Annual 26 (2010): 18-39. Co-authored with a student, Kim Alpaugh; grew out of an independent study.
“Metaphorically Speaking: Rhetorical Style and Lyrical Responses to the ‘War on Terror’.” Communication Teacher 23 (2009): 28-31.
“Reinvigorating the Communication Curriculum at Columbia College through Leadership Pedagogy.” Carolinas Communication Annual 24 (2008): 31-46. (This is a state/regional peer reviewed journal published by the Carolinas Communication Association; this is also a co-authored article with Helen Tate, Kyle Love, and Tamara L. Burk)
“Elocution, Physical Culture, and Expression Pedagogy at Columbia College, 1886-1914.” Carolinas Communication Annual 23 (2007): 12-24.
"Francis Wayland as Mythic Hero: A Rhetorical Analysis of his Famous 1850 Report to Brown.” Louisiana Communication Journal 8 (2006): 8-21.
“Challenging Norms of Invention: Mimesis and African American Communication Patterns.” Communication Teacher 20 (2006): 28-32.
“Teaching the Southern Lady: Rhetorical and Elocutionary Training at Columbia Female College, 1859-1900.” Carolinas Communication Annual 21 (2005): 1-15.
“Jonathan Baldwin Turner Redeemed: A Call for an Industrial University in Illinois.” Journal of Illinois Speech and Theatre Association 71 (2002): 77-89.
“William Harpine’s ‘From the Front Porch to the Front Page: McKinley and Bryan in the 1896 Presidential Campaign’.” Southern Communication Journal 72 (2007): 105-107.
“Kirt Wilson’s ‘The Reconstruction of Desegregation Debate: The Politics of Equality and the Rhetoric of Place’.” Southern Communication Journal 68 (2003): 176-177.
“In Memoriam: Reflections on Our Friend and Colleague, Monica Pombo.” Carolinas Communication Annual 28 (2012): 6-9.
Recent Applied Publications in Newsletter
“Because SSCA’s Sublime, We Walk the Convention Registration Line…” Connections, Volume 36.1, Spring 2018.
“There ain’t No Tear in my Beer Because Nashville’s almost here!” Connections, Volume 35.2, Fall 2017
“Again, America Great Make!” Connections, Volume 35.1, Spring 2017
“The UHC is Contemporary Cool!” Connections, Volume 34.2, Fall 2016.