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Kenneth Bohl, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor
School of Leadership and Professional Advancement
Organizational Leadership

210 Rockwell Hall
Phone: 412.418.1966


Ph.D., Rhetoric, Duquesne University, 2012
M.S., Leadership & Business Ethics, Duquesne University, 2007
B.A., General Arts & Science, Penn State University, 1978

Ken Bohl is currently an adjunct instructor at Duquesne University and Westmoreland County Community College. Prior to entering the academic world Ken spent 25 years working for IDL Merchandising Solutions--a dynamic organization engaged in Point of Purchase Advertising--ultimately filling the role of division president. Following the sale of IDL in 2005 Ken engaged in business consulting while completing his master's degree in Leadership and Business Ethics from the Duquesne University School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. He completed his Ph.D. in March 2012 with his dissertation titled "Corporate Social Responsibility: Engaging Communicative Praxis in an Era of Neoclassical Economics". Dr. Bohl is married with three sons. In his free time he enjoys music, carpentry, backpacking, blacksmithing, and SCUBA diving.


Ken's research interests emphasize communication ethics in the marketplace. Viewing the marketplace as the meeting place of business, the public, and government, he is particularly interested in the paradox that has emerged between neoclassical economic theory--a self identified value neutral, non-ethical discipline--and corporate social responsibility (CSR)--an ethically grounded approach to business. Scholarship in this area is best represented by my dissertation, "Corporate Social Responsibility: Engaging Communicative Praxis in an Era of Neoclassical Economics," which contrasts the positions held by CSR and neoclassical economics and suggests an alternative engagement through communicative praxis.


The 18th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, 2011, St. John's University, NY

"The Praxis of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Marketplace"

 Pennsylvania Communication Association 2011

" The Rhetoric of Economics"

 IMC & CMM: Finding Common Ground, 2011, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

" Diatribe, Eristic Dialogue, and Conservative Talk Radio"

" The Evolving Narrative of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Marketplace"

 Eastern Communication Association, 2011

"Rhetorical Bullying: Silencing the Other through Free Speech"

"Plato's Phaedrus: A Theory of Noble Rhetoric"

 Pennsylvania Communication Association, 2010:

"Walter Lippmann, Public Policy and Political Advertising"

Duquesne University, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Colloquium, 2009:

"The Teachings of Saint Augustine: Praxis Informed by Love"

 National Communication Ethics Conference, 2008:

"Free speech and Rhetorical Bullying"

Pennsylvania Communication Association, 2008:

 "The Obligation to Speak Up versus the Pressure to Comply"
Professional Affiliations

International Communication Association: http://www.icahdq.org/

National Communication Association: http://www.natcom.org/

Eastern Communication Association: http://www.ecasite.org/

Pennsylvania Communication Association: http://www.duq.edu/pca/

Society for Business Ethics: http://www.societyforbusinesse thics.org/