About PAD

PrintThe Public Address Division takes as its mission the practice and the promotion of the study of a wide variety of rhetoric that addresses publics. Although the term “public address” evokes a rich history of the study of political and religious oratory, we welcome and include not only traditional studies of “great speakers and speeches,” but also work that focuses on rhetorical acts and artifacts from various cultures, nations, and media. The Public Address Division is one of NCA’S oldest and largest divisions. Scholarship in the division often leads to theoretical insight about the nature of public discourse at the same time as it enhances our understanding of particular discourses, rhetors, or social movements. Despite the variety of critical perspectives, members of the division share a concern for the relationship between “text” and “context,” the object of study and its scene.

Officers

  • Chair, Lisa Flores, University of Colorado
  • Vice Chair, Kristy Maddux, University of Maryland
  • Vice Chair-Elect, Isaac West, Vanderbilt University
  • Secretary, Maegan Parker Brooks, Willamette University
  • Immediate Past Chair, Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University
  • NCA Nominating Committee Representative, Zornitsa Keremidchieva, University of Minnesota

Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award Committee:

  • Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University (chair)
  • Dave Tell, University of Kansas
  • Robert Terrill, Indiana University

PAD Nominating Committee:

  • Jiyeon Kang, University of Iowa (chair)
  • Megan Fitzmaurice, University of Maryland
  • Kelly Jakes, Wayne State University
  • Emily Sauter, Minnesota State University
  • Michael Steudeman, University of Memphis

Benson-Campbell Award Committee

  • Cara Finnegan, University of Illinois (2018, chair)
  • Kristen McCauliff, Ball State University (2019)
  • Carly Woods, University of Maryland (2020)

Past PAD Chairs:

  • 1971, J. Jeffery Auer
  • 1972, Robert L. Scott
  • 1973, Jerry Hendrix
  • 1974, Barbara Harris
  • 1975, James R. Andrews
  • 1976, Michael R. Hagan
  • 1977, Wil Linkugel
  • 1978, Carl Kell
  • 1979, John F. Wilson
  • 1980, Bruce E. Gronbeck
  • 1981, Cal M. Logue
  • 1982, Michael C. McGee
  • 1983, Michael McGuire
  • 1984, Roderick Hart
  • 1985, Raymie McKerrow
  • 1986, Kurt Ritter
  • 1987, Judith Trent
  • 1988, Michael Leff
  • 1989, Kathleen Turner
  • 1990, Robert L. Ivie
  • 1991, Christine Oravec
  • 1992, Carol Jablonski
  • 1993, David Henry
  • 1994, Martin J. Medhurst
  • 1995, John C. Hammerback
  • 1996, John L. Lucaites
  • 1997, Carolyn Calloway-Thomas
  • 1998, Suzanne Daughton
  • 1999, Mary L. Kahl
  • 2000, Susan Zaeske
  • 2001, Richard J. Jensen
  • 2002, Karen Rasmussen
  • 2003, James Darsey
  • 2004, Shawn J. Parry-Giles
  • 2005, Amy Slagell
  • 2006, Susan Schultz Huxman
  • 2007, Lisa Hogan
  • 2008, Lester Olson
  • 2009, Charles E. Morris III
  • 2010, Mari Boor Tonn
  • 2011, Kirt Wilson
  • 2012, Angela Ray
  • 2013, Mary Stuckey
  • 2014, Karrin Vasby Anderson
  • 2015, Leah Ceccarelli
  • 2016, Lisa Keränen
  • 2017, Jennifer Mercieca
 
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