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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 and the Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence at Duquesne University. He is the author/coauthor of six books and three edited books, including Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (with Janie M. Harden Fritz and Leeanne M. Bell, SAGE, 2009); Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer's Rhetoric of Responsibility (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), for which he received the 2006 Everett Lee Hunt Award for Outstanding Scholarship; andCommunication and Community: Implications of Martin Buber's Dialogue (Southern Illinois University Press, 1986), for which he won the 1988 Book of the Year Award from the Religious Speech Communication Association. Additionally, his book Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope is currently in press with Southern Illinois University Press. He has authored more than eighty scholarly articles and essays and is the recipient of the 1999 Article of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association and the 1979 Article of the Year Award from the Religious Speech Communication Association. Dr. Arnett received the Administrator of the Year Award from the National States Advisory Council in 2011, and was named both Centennial Scholar of Communication and Centennial Scholar of Philosophy of Communication by the Eastern Communication Association in 2009. Additionally, he received the 2006 Robert J. Kibler Service Award for visionary leadership from the National Communication Association, as well as the 2005 Scholar of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association. Dr. Arnett is the former editor of the Journal of Communication and Religion and is currently editor of the Review of Communication and executive director of the Eastern Communication Association. 

Scholarship

Recent Scholarship (2008 - Present)

Scholarly Books

Arnett, Ronald C. and Pat Arneson, eds. Philosophy of Communication Ethics: Alterity and the Other. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (under contract).

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

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.

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

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. Dialogical Civility in a Cynical Age: Community, Hope, and Interpersonal Relationships. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.

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.

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.

Book Chapters

Arnett, Ronald C. "Communication & Rhetorical Studies: The Practical Liberal Art of the 21st Century." In Why Study Communication. Ed. Kishor Vaidya (under contract).

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. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (in press).

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, New York, NY: Routledge (in press).

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

Arnett, Ronald C. "Arendt and Saint Augustine: Identity Otherwise than Convention." In Saint Augustine in Continental Rhetoric & Philosophy. Ed. Calvin Troup, (In Press).

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.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Emmanuel Levinas: Priority of the Other." In Ethical Communication: Moral Stances in Human Dialogue. Eds. Clifford G. Christians and John Merrill (pp. 200-206). Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Paulo Freire: Face Saving and Communication." In Ethical Communication: Moral Stances in Human Dialogue. Eds. Clifford G. Christians and John Merrill (pp. 115-120). Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Courage versus Authority." In Ethical Communication: Moral Stances in Human Dialogue. Eds. Clifford G. Christians and John Merrill (pp. 109-114). Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Provinciality and the Face of the Other: Levinas on Communication Ethics, Terrorism-Otherwise than Originative Agency." In Communication Ethics: Cosmopolitanism and Provinciality. Eds. Kathleen Glenister Roberts and Ronald C. Arnett (pp. 69-88). New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

Encyclopedia Entries

Arnett, Ronald C. "Dialogic Theory: Confession, Hypertextuality, and Meaning." In International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. Ed. Robert T. Craig. Wiley-Blackwell, (in press).

Arnett, Ronald C. "Rhetoric and Ethics." In Concise Encyclopedia of Communication. Ed. Wolfgang Donsbach. Wiley-Blackwell, (in press).

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.

Arnett, Ronald C. "Rhetoric and Ethics." In International Encyclopedia of Communication. Ed. Wolfgang Donsbach (pp. 4242-46). Wiley-Blackwell/International Communication Association, 2008.

Article Publications

Flinko, Sarah M. and Ronald C. Arnett. "The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Scholarship in the Classroom." Journal of the Association for Communication Administration (under review).

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.

Arnett, Ronald C., Celeste Grayson, and Christina McDowell. "Dialogue as ‘Enlarged Communicative Mentality': Review, Assessment, and Ongoing Difference." Communication Research Trends, 27 (2008): 3-25.

Arnett, Ronald C., Amanda McKendree, Janie Harden Fritz, and Kathleen Glenister Roberts. "Partnering with the Business School: The Business and Professional Communication Course." Business Communication Quarterly, 71 (2008): 346-350.

Arnett, Ronald C., Pat Arneson, and Annette Holba. "Bridges Not Walls: The Communicative Enactment of Dialogic Storytelling." Review of Communication, 8.3 (2008): 217-234.

Honors/Awards

Recent Honors and Awards (2008 - Present)

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

2009

Selected Faculty Member, National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar, West
Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, June 1-5, 2009

Honoree, Centennial Scholar of Philosophy of Communication, Eastern Communication

Association 100th Annual Convention, "Defining Moments: A Century of
Communication," Philadelphia, PA, April 23, 2009

Honoree, Centennial Scholar of Communication, Eastern Communication Association 100th
Annual Convention, "Defining Moments: A Century of Communication," Philadelphia,
PA, April 23, 2009

2008

"Scholar in Residence" and Keynote Address presentation, 10th National Communication Ethics
Conference, Duquesne University, June 2008

Honoree, Scholarly Spotlight Panel on Arnett Scholarship, Eastern Communication Association
annual convention, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008

Teaching Fellow (elected by previous recipients), Eastern Communication Association annual
convention, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008

Service

Representative Departmental, State, Regional, and National Professional Service (2010 - Present)

Editoral Responsibilities

Editor, Journal of Communication and Religion, 2013-2015

Editor, Communication Education, 2014-present

Editorial Board, Review of Communication, 2012-2014

Editor, Review of Communication, 2010-2012

Editor, Pennsylvania Scholars Series, 2006-present

Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Identity, 2010

Professional Memberships

National Communication Association

Eastern Communication Association

Central States Communication Association

Southern States Communication Association

International Communication Association

Pennsylvania Communication Association

Religious Communication Association

Rhetoric Society of America

International Communicology Institute

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences

North American Levinas Society

Canadian Communication Association

Semiotic Society of America

International Communicology Institute

Phi Kappa Phi

External Committee Assignments and Elected Offices

Representative, Lilly Fellows

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

Executive Director, Eastern Communication Association, 2010-2012

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Communication Association