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Erik Garrett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Communication & Rhetorical Studies

College Hall 305
Phone: 412.396.1428


Ph.D., Philosophy and Communication, Purdue University, 2007
M.A., Philosophy, Lewis University, 2000
B.A., Philosophy, History, and Political Science, Lewis University, 1998

Erik Garrett is an associate professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. His doctorate is from Purdue University where he earned a joint degree in both the philosophy and communication departments. Dr. Garrett is author of Why Do We Go to the Zoo?: Communication, Animals, and the Cultural-Historical Experience of Zoos (The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press). He is the winner of a Duquesne University 2010 Teaching Award. He has published articles in the Review of Communication and the Atlantic Journal of Communication. His research interests are phenomenology, philosophy of communication, urban communication, rhetoric, Kenneth Burke, media ecology, social political philosophy, environmental justice, and globalization.


Recent Scholarship


Garrett, E. (2013). Why do we go to the zoo? Communication, animals, and the cultural-historical experience of zoos. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Journal Articles (2010 - Present)

Garrett, E. (2012). The essential secret of indirect communication. Review of Communication. 12(4).

Garrett, E. (2011) The rhetoric of antiblack racism: Lewis R. Gordon's radical phenomenology of embodiment. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 19(1), 6-16.

Book Chapters (2010 - Present)

Ucok-Sayrak, O. & Garrett, E. (2013). Grounding globalization: Theory, communication, and service-learning. In L. Nganga, J. Kambutu & W. Russell III (Eds.), Exploring Globalization Opportunities and Challenges in Social Studies: Effective Instructional Approaches. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Scigliano, D. & Garrett, E. (2010). Raising Your Voice - Joint Education and Public Relations E-Learning Advocacy Project. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2010 (pp. 1194-1198). Chesapeake, VA: AACE

Encyclopedia Entries (2010 - Present)

Garrett, E. (2010) "Existential identity questions." Ronald Jackson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Identity, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press, pp. 271-275.


Recent Honors and Awards


Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Scholarship Recognition.
Duquesne Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2014.


Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award. Spring 2010


Representative Service

Service to the Profession

External Program Reviewer
SUNY Oneonta, Department of Communication Studies, April 2013

Offices Held
Board Member, Urban Communication Foundation, Dec 2014 - present

Chair, Society of Phenomenology and the Human Sciences 2010-2011, 2012-present

Board Member at Large, Society of Phenomenology and the Human Sciences 2009-2010

Executive Member at Large, Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists 2009-2012

Chair and Legislative Assembly Representative for the Semiotics Division, National Communication Association, Nov 2008-Nov 2010

The Phenomenology Roundtable 2001-present

Conference Organizer
North American Levinas Society, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2013

Communication Ethics Conference, biannual conference of the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2010

Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences Annual Meeting, with Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 2008, and Rochester, NY, Nov 2012

Phenomenology Roundtable annual meeting 2004 at Purdue University, and 2011 at Duquesne University

Conference Division Planner
Urban Communication Foundation, National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV, Nov 2015

Kenneth Burke Division, Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI, April 2014

Kenneth Burke Division, Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2013

Preconference Organizer
Phenomenology, Cognitive Science, and Narrative, Philosophy of Communication Division, National Communication Association, November, 2012

Journal / Press Peer Reviewer
Rowman and Littlefield International
Lexington Press
Oxford University Press
Philosophy & Rhetoric
Journal of Catholic Higher Education
Journal of Human Studies
Review of Communication
Atlantic Journal of Communication

Conference Peer Reviewer
Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists
Society of Phenomenology and Human Sciences
Philosophy of Communication Division ECA
Philosophy of Communication Division NCA
Kenneth Burke Division ECA
Kenneth Burke Division NCA

University and College Service Activities

CIQR (Center for Interpretative and Qualitative Research), Duquesne University - Committee Member 2014 - present

Project Passenger Pigeon Learning Community Keynote Speaker Organizer - 2014

Civil Leadership and Social Justice Minor Proposal Committee (ad hoc) Spring 2014 - present

Duquesne University Press Advisory Board Committee Fall 2014 - present

University Distinguished Dissertation Committee 2013/2014

College of Liberal Arts Diversity Committee Spring 2013-present

Founding Member of Duquesne - Hazelwood Community Partnership Advisory Committee 2009-2013

College of Liberal Arts Representative to CTE Creative Teaching Award Committee 2011-2013

College of Liberal Arts Representative to Office of Service-Learning Course Designation Committee 2011-present

Office of Service-Learning Advisory Board Member 2011-present

Simon Silverman Board Member 2011-present

Prepared Duquesne University White House Interfaith and Service Campus Challenge Submission Summer 2011-Summer 2012

Departmental Service Activities

Director of Departmental Service-Learning - Duquesne University Fall 2008-present

Supervisor Community Engagement Scholar Program for Department of Communication - Duquesne University Summer 2009-Fall 2014

Exploring Intercultural Communication Course Director (COMM 114) Fall 2011-present

Co-leader Phenomenology Reading Group that meets once a week - Duquesne University, Fall 2006-2013

Search Committee New Faculty Hire - Duquesne University Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Conference Planner - Eleventh Biannual Communication Ethics Conference at Duquesne University, Spring 2010

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies PhD Alumni Group Committee Member, Fall 2006-2011

Professional Memberships

National Communication Association
Eastern Communication Association
International Communication Association
Pennsylvania Communication Association
Kenneth Burke Society
Urban Communication Foundation
Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences
Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Phenomenology Roundtable
Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists
North American Levinas Society
Caribbean Philosophical Association
Semiotics Society of America
Media Ecology Association