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Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D.

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

College Hall 340
Phone: 412.396.6446

Education:

M.Div., Peace Studies, Bethany Theological Seminary, 1983
Ph.D., Interpersonal Communication, Ohio University, 1978
M.A., Interpersonal Communication, Ohio University, 1975
B.S., Psychology, Manchester College, 1974
Bio

Ronald C. Arnett (Ph.D., Ohio University, 1978) is chair and professor of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, The Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics at Duquesne University, and the Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence (2010-2015). He is the author/coauthor of nine books and four edited books. He is the recipient of five book awards, including the 2013 Top Book Award for Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope from the Philosophy of Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association and the 2013 Everett Lee Hunt Award for Outstanding Scholarship and 2013 Top Book Award from the Philosophy of Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association for An Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning (with Annette Holba). He is the recipient of the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship from Duquesne University and is the recipient of the 2005 Scholar of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association. Dr. Arnett was named both Centennial Scholar of Communication and Centennial Scholar of Philosophy of Communication by the Eastern Communication Association in 2009. Dr. Arnett is currently serving his third editorship for the Journal of Communication and Religion and is the former editor of the Review of Communication. He is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Communication Association and of the Eastern Communication Association.

Scholarship

Recent Scholarship

Books

Arnett, Ronald C., Leeanne M. Bell McManus, and Amanda G. McKendree. Conflict Between Persons: The Origins of Leadership. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2014.

Arnett, Ronald C. Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013. Winner of Communication Ethics Division's Top Book Award for Philosophy of Communication Ethics, National Communication Association, 2013.

Arnett, Ronald C. and Annette M. Holba. Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning. New York: Peter Lang, 2012. Winner of Philosophy of Communication Division's award for Best Book, National Communication Association, 2013 & Winner of Everett Lee Hunt Book Award, Eastern Communication Association, 2013.

Arnett, Ronald C., Janie M. Harden Fritz, and Leeanne M. Bell. Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.

Arnett, Ronald C. Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer's Rhetoric of Responsibility. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005. Winner of the Everett Lee Hunt Award for Scholarship, Eastern Communication Association, 2006.

Arnett, Ronald C. and Pat Arneson. Dialogic Civility in a Cynical Age: Community, Hope, and Interpersonal Relationships. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.

Arnett, Ronald C. Dialogic Education: Conversation About Ideas and Between Persons. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992; Reprinted, 1997.

Arnett, Ronald C. Communication and Community: Implications of Martin Buber's Dialogue. Foreword by Maurice Friedman. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1986. Winner of Book of the Year Award, Religious Speech Communication Association, 1988.

Arnett, Ronald C. Dwell in Peace: Applying Nonviolence to Everyday Relationships. Elgin, IL: Brethren Press, 1980; Second printing 1985. Nominated for Book Award, 1980. Chapter reprinted by permission in 3rd and 4th editions of Bridges Not Walls: A Book About Interpersonal Communication, Ed. John Stewart.

Edited Books

Arnett, Ronald C. and Pat Arneson, eds. Philosophy of Communication Ethics: Alterity and the Other. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014. Winner of Communication Ethic Division's Top Edited Book Award, National Communication Association, 2015.

Roberts, Kathleen Glenister and Ronald C. Arnett, eds. Communication Ethics: Cosmopolitanism and Provinciality. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

Makau, Josina and Ronald C. Arnett, eds. Communication Ethics in an Age of Diversity. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.

Anderson, Robert, Kenneth Cissna, and Ronald C. Arnett, eds. The Reach of Dialogue: Confirmation, Voice, and Community. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 1994.

Journal Articles (2010 - Present)

Arnett, Ronald C. "The Dialogic Necessity: An Acknowledging and Engaging Monologue." Ohio Communication Journal, 53 (2015): 1-10.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Awakening Communicative Justice: Attending to the Precariat." Social Transformations, 1 (2015): 1-43.

Arnett, Ronald C. "The Creative Praxis of Philosophy of Communication." Review of Communication, 15.4 (2015): 341-345.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Ventriloquism as Communicative Music." Language Under Discussion, 2.1 (2015): 41-44.

Ronald C. Arnett, David DeIuliis, and Susan Mancino. "Existential Signs as Primordial Data: An Enigma Wrapped in Hypertextuality." Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, 6.1 (2015): 3-20.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Book Review of Adaptive Rhetoric: Evolution, Culture, and the Art of Persuasion, by Alex C. Parrish." Language and Dialogue 5.2 (2015): 334-339.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Civic Dialogue: Attending to Locality and Recovering Monologue." Journal of Dialogue Studies 2.2 (2014): 71-92.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Book Review of Buber and Education: Dialogue as Conflict Resolution, by W. John Morgan and Alexandre Guilherme." Journal of Dialogue Studies, 2.1 (2014): 115-118.

Flinko, Sarah M. and Ronald C. Arnett. "The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Scholarship in the Classroom." Journal of the Association for Communication Administration 33.1 (2014): 35-46.

Arnett, Ronald C. "The Wonder of Communicative Encounter: The Shifting Landscape of Dialogic Education." Spiritan Horizons: A Journal of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, 9 (2014): 120-130.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Philosophy of Communication as the Carrier of Meaning: Adieu to W. Barnett Pearce." Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 14.1(2013): 1-9.

Fritz, Janie Harden, Naomi Bell O'Neil, Ann Marie Popp, Cory Williams, & Ronald C. Arnett. "The Influence of Supervisory Behavioral Integrity on Intent to Comply with Organizational Ethical Standards and Organizational Commitment." Journal of Business Ethics, 114.2 (2013): 251-263.

Arnett, Ronald C. "The Fulcrum Point of Dialogue: Monologue, Worldview, and Acknowledgement." The American Journal of Semiotics, 28.1/2 (2012): 105-127.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Biopolitics: An Arendtian Communication Ethic in the Public Domain." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 9.2 (2012): 225-233.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Beyond Dialogue: Levinas and Otherwise Than the I-Thou." Language and Dialogue, 3 (2012): 140-155.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Civic Rhetoric--Meeting the Communal Interplay of the Provincial and the Cosmopolitan: Barack Obama's Notre Dame Speech, May 17, 2009." Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 14.4 (2011): 631-671.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Father Henry Koren: Communication Ethics and Existential Revelation." Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 46.2 (2011): 140-152.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Leisure and the Communicative Praxis of Craft." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 46.1 (2011): 21-36.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Existential Civility: Leaning Forward into the Rapids." Spiritan Horizons, 6 (2011): 39-48.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Multiplicity, Complexity, and the Necessity of Limits: A Review of Thomas W. Cooper's Fast Media, Media Fast." Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 26.2 (2011): 176-178.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Review of Dialogically Speaking: Maurice Friedman's Interdisciplinary Humanism, by Kenneth P. Kramer." Journal of Communication, 61.2 (2011): E5-E7.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Religious Communication Scholarship: Going Nowhere Correctly." Journal of Communication and Religion, 33.2 (2010): 221-246.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Defining Philosophy of Communication: Difference and Identity." Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 11.1 (2010): 57-62.

Arnett, Ronald C., Leeanne M. Bell, and Janie M. Harden Fritz. "Dialogic Learning as First Principle in Communication Ethics." Atlantic Journal of Communication, 18.3 (2010): 111-126.

Book Chapters (2010 - Present)

Arnett, Ronald C. "Communication & Rhetorical Studies: The Practical Liberal Art of the 21st Century." In Communication for the Curious: Why Study Communication?. Ed. Kishor Vaidya. Winnipeg, CA: The Curious Case of Academic Publishing, 2015.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Public Relations: Levinas' Call for Ethics and Justice." In Communication Ethics in a Connected World: Research in Public Relations and Organisational Communication. Eds. Andrea Catellani, Ansgar Zerfass, and Ralph Tench (pp. 33-52). Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2015.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Dialogue: Countering the Plague of Self-Assurance." In Creating Albert Camus: Foundations & Explorations of His Philosophy of Communication. Ed. Brent Sleasman (pp. 3-27). Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Arnett, Ronald C., and Susan Mancino. "Communication Ethics as Performative Tolerance:
Sustaining a Village." In Tolerance and Crossculture Communication: The Schwenkfelder Confession in Fedor Sommer's Work. Ed. by Józef Zaprucki (pp. 33-59). Jelenia Góra: Karkonoska Państwowa Szkoła Wyższa w Jeleniej Górze, 2014.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Communicative Meeting: From Pangloss to Tenacious Hope." In A Century of Communication Studies: A Thematic History of the Discipline. Eds. Pat J. Gehrke and William M. Keith, (pp. 261-285). New York, NY: Routledge.

Arnett, Ronald C. "A Rhetoric of Sentiment: The House the Scots Built." In Philosophy of Communication Ethics: Alterity and the Other. Eds. Ronald C. Arnett and Pat Arneson, (pp. 25-54). Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Arendt and Saint Augustine: Identity Otherwise than Convention." In Augustine for Philosophers: The Rhetor of Hippo, the Confessions, and the Continentals. Ed. Calvin Troup, (pp. 39-57). Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Media Ethics: Revisiting Traditions as the Heart of the Public Sphere." In Ethics of Media. Eds. Mirca Madianou, Amit Pinchevski, and Nick Couldry (pp. 57-71). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Arnett, Ronald C. "The Bureaucrat as Problematic Other: Arendt's Warning." In Problematic Relationships in the Workplace, Vol. 2, Ed. Becky L. Omdahl, and Janie Harden Fritz (pp. 145-162). New York: Peter Lang, 2012.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Hans-Georg Gadamer: Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Interplay of Understanding and Meaning." In Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication. Ed. Jason Hannan (pp. 235-259). New York: Peter Lang, 2012.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Communication Ethics as Janus at the Gates: Responding to Postmodernity and the Normativity of Crisis." In Communication Ethics and Crisis: Negotiating Differences in Public and Private Spheres. Eds. S. Alyssa Groom and Janie Harden Fritz (pp. 161-180). Lanham, MD: Farleigh Dickenson University Press, 2011.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Communication Ethics: The Wonder of Metanarratives in a Postmodern Age." In The Handbook of Global Communication and Media Ethics, Vol. 1, Eds. Robert S. Fortner and P. Mark Fackler (pp. 20-40). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Situating a Dialogic Ethics: A Dialogic Confession." In The Handbook of Communication Ethics. Eds. George Cheney, Steve May, and Debashish Munshi (pp. 45-63). New York: Routledge, 2011. Winner of the Top Edited Volume Award, NCA Communication Ethics Division, 2011.

Encyclopedia Entries (2010 - Present)

Arnett, Ronald C. "The Communication Ethics of Bioethics." In Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Ed. Henk ten Have. Springer, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_109-1

Arnett, Ronald C. "Rhetoric and Ethics." In Concise Encyclopedia of Communication. Ed. Wolfgang Donsbach. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015: 533-534.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Embeddedness/Embedded Identity." In Encyclopedia of Identity. Ed. Ronald L. Jackson (pp. 241-243). Sage, 2010. Winner of the "Outstanding Reference Source" Award, American Library Association, 2011.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Historicity." In Encyclopedia of Identity. Ed. Ronald L. Jackson (pp. 328-331). Sage, 2010. Winner of the "Outstanding Reference Source" Award, American Library Association, 2011.

Honors/Awards

Recent Honors and Awards

2015

Top Edited Book Award for Communication Ethics from the Communication Ethics Division,
Philosophy of Communication Ethics: Alterity and the Other, National Communication Association, 2015

2013

Top Book Award for the Philosophy of Communication Ethics from the Communication Ethics Division, Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope, National Communication Association, 2013

Best Book Award from the Philosophy of Communication Division, Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning, co-authored with Annette Holba, National Communication Association, 2013

Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Duquesne University, 2013

Everett Lee Hunt Book Award, Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning co-authored with Annette Holba, Eastern Communication Association, 2013

2011

Administrator of the Year Award, National States Advisory Council, National Communication
Association, New Orleans, LA, November 19, 2011

Fellow, Collegium of Fellows of the International Communicology Institute, 2011

2010

Named Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence, Duquesne University,
Pittsburgh, PA, 2010

Elizabeth G. Andersch Award, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, Athens, OH,
May 26-27, 2010

Service

Service

Editorships

Editor, Journal of Communication and Religion, 2013-present

Editor, Review of Communication, 2010-2012

Editor, Pennsylvania Scholars Series, 2006-present

Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Identity, 2010

Associate Editor, The Pennsylvania Communication Annual

Editoral Boards

Editorial Board, Journal of Dialogue Studies

Board Member, International Interdisciplinary Advisory and Editorial Board

Editorial Board, Christianity and Communication Studies Network, 2014-present

Editorial Board, Review of Communication, 2012-2014

Editorial Board, Atlantic Journal of Communication

Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Communication Research

Editorial Board, Review of Communication

Editorial Board, Communication Teacher

Editorial Board, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication

Editorial Board, American Journal of Semiotics

Editorial Board, Journal of Dialogue Studies

Offices Held

Board Member, International Association of Dialogue Analysis

Representative, Lilly Fellows

Member, Nominating Committee, Semiotic Society of America, 2012-2014

Executive Director, Eastern Communication Association, 2010-present

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Communication Association