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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 Religionand is currently editor of the Review of Communication and executive director of the Eastern Communication Association. 

Scholarship

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.

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.

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.

Professional Papers, Panels and Workshops/Presentations

"Communicative Meeting: From Pangloss to Tenacious Hope," National Communication Association, Washington, D.C., November 21-24, 2013.

"Lessons in Leadership" Roundtable, National Communication Association, Washington, D.C., November 21-24, 2013.

"Teaching the Conflict Course as ‘Street Smarts' for Leadership," Short Course (with Leeanne Bell McManus, Amanda Grace McKendree, and Susan Carr), National Communication Association annual convention, Washington, DC, November 21-24, 2013.

"Making Connections in Teaching and Learning" (with Sarah Flinko), National Communication Association, Washington, D.C., November 21-24, 2013.

"From Nothingness to Affirmation: Dialogic Engagement with Openness and Existential Semiotics" (with David DeIuliis and Susan Carr), Semiotics Society of America, Dayton, OH, October 24-27, 2013.

"Dialogue: Countering the Plague of Self-Assurance," Albert Camus & Philosophy of Communication: Making Sense in an Age of Absurdity Pre-Conference to the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Erie, Pennsylvania, October 17-18, 2013.

"Levinas and Responsibility: Possessed otherwise than Murdoch's News of the World," North American Levinas Society annual conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 28-31, 2013.

"Precarity: Critical Discourse and Response to the Abyss," International Communication Association annual conference, London, England, June 17-21, 2013.

"Educational Misdirections: Attending to Levinas's Call for Ethics as First Principle," Life and Phenomenology: Celebrating Algis Mickūnas at 80 in honor of Professor Algis Mickūnas international conference, Kaunas, Lithuania, June 13-15, 2013.

"Attending to the ‘Confluence' of Opinion in Conflict," Eastern Communication Association annual conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 24-28, 2013.

"Roundtable on Future Confluence in Burkean Analysis," Eastern Communication Association annual conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 24-28, 2013.

"Philosophy of Communication: Foundation & Explorations," Eastern Communication Association annual conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 24-28, 2013.

"Historical Testimony: The Communicative Call of Impending Social Crisis," Southern States Communication Association annual conference, Louisville, Kentucky, April 10-14, 2013.

"Revelatory Space and Leper Scholars," Southern States Communication Association conference, Louisville, Kentucky, April 10-14, 2013.

"Levinas's Ethical Echo: Listening In and To Precarity," National Communication Association annual conference, Orlando, Florida, November 15-18, 2012.

"Beyond Problematic Relationships in the Workplace," National Communication Association annual convention, Orlando, FL, November 15-18, 2012.

"Conflict in an Age of Ethical Dispute," Short Course (with Leeanne Bell McManus and Amanda Grace McKendree), National Communication Association annual convention, Orlando, FL, November 15-18, 2012.

"The Ethics of Civil Discourse: An Exploration and Invitation," National Communication Association annual conference, Orlando, Florida, November 15-18, 2012.

"Understanding the Academic Career," National Communication Association annual conference, Orlando, Florida, November 15-18, 2012.

"The Primacy of the Face: Mediated Communication," Semiotics Society of America annual meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 1-4, 2012.

"Levinas: Philosophy of Communication and the Face of the Other," Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Rochester, NY, November 1-3, 2012.

"The Rhetoric of Common Sense," Rhetoric Society of America 15th Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May 25-28, 2012.

"Education, Mispriorities, and Levinas's Call for Uprightness." North American Levinas Society annual conference, Anchorage, AK, May 13-15, 2012.

"Communication Ethics and Conflict: Different Grounds of the Good," (with Leeanne M. Bell McManus and Amanda G. McKendree), Eastern Communication Association annual convention, Cambridge, MA, April 26-29, 2012.

"Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning," Short Course (with Annette Holba), Eastern Communication Association annual convention, Cambridge, MA, April 26-29, 2012.

"Reflections on Benjamin Ginsberg's The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters," Distinguished Teaching Fellows, Communication Pedagogy and the Status of Higher Education, Eastern Communication Association annual convention, Cambridge, MA, April 26-29, 2012.

"Adieu to Levinas," Southern States Communication Association annual convention, San Antonio, TX, April 11-15, 2012.

"Roundtable: Cosmopolitan Hermeneutics: Responses to Global Communication," Southern States Communication Association annual convention, San Antonio, TX, April 11-15, 2012.

"Communication and Persuasion: Gollum and Mr. Murdoch," Communicating in a World of Norms, Information and Communication in Contemporary Globalization, International Communication Association annual conference, Lille, France, March 7-9, 2012.

"Ricoeur and Levinas: Witnessing as Communication," National Communication Association annual convention, New Orleans, LA, November 16-20, 2011.

"Rhetoric as Situated Discourse: Heidegger's Rectorate Address," National Communication Association annual convention, New Orleans, LA, November 16-20, 2011.

"Voices of Similarity and Difference: Exploring Horizons of Intellectual Schools of Thought" (with Janie M. Harden Fritz), Academic Voices: Ethics, Academic Responsibility, and Training Future Scholars in a Mediated Age, National Communication Association annual convention, New Orleans, LA, November 16-20, 2011.

"Philosophy of Communication and the Voice of Story: Umberto Eco," National Communication Association annual convention, New Orleans, LA, November 16-20, 2011.

"The Radical Emancipatory Potential of Educating Students in Communication and Conflict" (with Janie M. Harden Fritz), Radical Emancipation: Confronting the Challenge of Secularism, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference, South Bend, IN, November 10-12, 2011.

"Responding to Conflict: The Hope for Leadership and Learning" (with Leeanne Bell McManus and Amanda McKendree), Radical Emancipation: Confronting the Challenge of Secularism, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference, South Bend, IN, November 10-12, 2011.

"Emmanuel Levinas: Semiotics and the Meaning of the A Priori," Worldviews, Semiotic Society of America annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, October 27-30, 2011.

"Plenary Session: Can or Should a Phenomenologist Have a Worldview?," Worldviews, Semiotic Society of America annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, October 27-30, 2011.

"Levinas and Justice: The Name of the Rose," Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences 50th annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 21-24, 2011.

"The A Priori Pragmatics of Levinas's Impersonal Attentiveness," Human Understanding: The Matrix of Communicology and Culture, 5th ICI Summer Conference, Jelenia Góra, Silesia, Poland, July 15-22, 2011.

"Integrated Marketing Communication and the Interplay of Brand Architecture and Sustainability: When Less Yields More" (with Heather Blum and S. Alyssa Groom), Integrated Marketing Communication Conference, University of North Carolina Wilmington, June 2-4, 2011

"Beyond Dialogue: Levinas and Otherwise than the I-Thou," Dialogue and Representation, International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) 13th annual conference, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 26-30, 2011.

"Communication and Conflict: Civility and Difference" (with Leeanne Bell and Amanda McKendree), Eastern Communication Association annual convention, Arlington, VA, April 13-17, 2011.

"Roundtable: Evil in the Philosophy & Ethics of Communication," Southern States Communication Association annual convention, Little Rock, AR, March 23-27, 2011.

"Assessment as Dramatic Confession: Performative Elements of Communication Administration" (with Janie M. Harden Fritz), Southern States Communication Association annual convention, Little Rock, AR, March 23-27, 2011.

"The Scottish Enlightenment‘s Rhetorical Challenge to Individualism," Southern States Communication Association annual convention, Little Rock, AR, March 23-27, 2011.

"Sustainability and Academic Excellence: Rebuffing Anachronistic Comforts," Southern States Communication Association annual convention, Little Rock, AR, March 23-27, 2011.

"Responding to Interpersonal Conflict: The Humility and Hope of Leadership" (with Leeanne Bell and Amanda McKendree), Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference, South Bend, IN, November 18-20, 2010

"Civic Rhetoric--Meeting the Communal Interplay of the Provincial and the Cosmopolitan: Barack Obama's Notre Dame Speech, March 17, 2009," National Communication Association annual convention, San Francisco, CA, November 13-17, 2010.

"Rhetoric and History as Heuristic Pragmatism: A Response to Gehrke's The Ethics and Politics of Speech," National Communication Association annual convention, San Francisco, CA, November 13-17, 2010.

"Interpersonal Footprints: A Genetic Phenomenological Reading of Levinas's Biography," Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences 49th annual conference, Montreal, Quebec, November 4-6, 2010.

"Interpersonal Communication as a Difficult Freedom: An Ethics as First Gesture, the Neighbor, and Justice," Société Internationale de Recherche Emmanuel Levinas, Toulouse, France, July 4-9, 2010.

"Charting New Horizons for Conflict" (with Leeanne m Bell), Eastern Communication Association annual convention, Baltimore, MD, April 22-25, 2010.

"‘Southern Contributions to the Ethico-Philosophical Turn': Ethics and Philosophy of Communication Interest Group Founding Session," Southern States Communication Association annual convention, Memphis, TN, April 2010.

"Administrative Creativity in Times of Resource Scarcity," Southern States Communication Association annual convention, Memphis, TN, April 7-11, 2010.

"Labor, Craft, and the Task of the Professional Educator," National Communication Association annual convention, Chicago, IL, November 11-15, 2009.

"Interpersonal Communication: Justice and the Neighbor," National Communication Association annual convention, Chicago, IL, November 11-15, 2009.

"Religious Communication Scholarship: Going Nowhere Correctly," National Communication Association annual convention, Chicago, IL, November 11-15, 2009.

"Communication Embedded Gesture as First Principle," Society of Phenomenology and The Human Sciences Conference, Arlington, VA, October 29-November 1, 2009.

"Communication and Collaboration in Your Changing Department: Perspectives Across the Curriculum." Southern States Communication Association annual convention, Norfolk, VA, April 2009.

"Nuts, Bolts, and Communication Administration: Establishing a Toolbox of Everyday Advice." Southern States Communication Association annual convention, Norfolk, VA, April 2009.

"The Other: Levinas's Historical Tracing," Eastern Communication Association annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2009.

"Philosophy of Communication," Eastern Communication Association annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2009.

Key Notes and Invited Presentations

Keynote Speaker, "The Precarity of the Polis," Integrated Marketing Communication conference, Wilmington, NC, June 6-8, 2013.

Lambda Pi Eta Keynote, "The Ethics of Labor and Service," Stevenson University, April 20-21, 2013.

Invited Grazier Lecturer, "Doing Communication Ethics in Postmodernity," University of South Florida, April 18-20, 2013.

"Spotlight on Ronald C. Arnett: Outstanding Scholar in Communication Theory," Southern States Communication Association annual convention, San Antonio, TX, April 11-15, 2012.

Guest Speaker, "Communication and Genuine Light," Northern Arizona University, Phoenix, AZ, March 31, 2012.

Guest Speaker, "Existential Acknowledgment: Communicative Civility in an Age of Diversity and Difference," The Pennsylvania State University, York Campus, York, PA, December 2010.

Guest Speaker/Plenary Address Respondent, Power to Transform the World Conference, Marquette University, July 19-21, 2010.

Workshop Leader, "Managing the Communication Program: A Workshop for Communication Administrators," Eastern Communication Association annual convention, Baltimore, MD, April 2010.

Guest Speaker, "Communication Ethics in an Age of Narrative and Virtue Contention," Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, March 2010.

Guest Speaker, Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference, Stevenson University, Baltimore, MD, February 10, 2009.

Honors/Awards

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.

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

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

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

Service

Editorial 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

Organizational Involvement

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