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, Kristy Maddux, University of Maryland
  • Vice Chair, Isaac West, Vanderbilt University
  • Vice Chair-Elect, Belinda Stillion Southard, University of Georgia
  • Secretary, Michelle Murray Yang, University of Maryland
  • Immediate Past Chair, Lisa Flores, University of Colorado
  • NCA Nominating Committee Representative, Jennifer Keohane, University of Baltimore

Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award Committee:

  • Lisa Flores, University of Colorado (chair)
  • Timothy Barney, University of Richmond
  • Sara VanderHaagen, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

PAD Nominating Committee:

  • Jeremy Grossman, University of Maryland (chair)
  • Roberta Chevrette, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Emily Kofoed, University of South Carolina, Upstate
  • Anita Mixon, Wayne State University
  • Emily Sauter, Minnesota State University

Benson-Campbell Award Committee

  • Carly Woods, University of Maryland (2020, chair)
  • Robin Jensen, University of Utah (2021)
  • Andre Johnson, University of Memphis

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
  • 2018, Lisa Flores
  • 2019, Kristy Maddux
  • 2020, Isaac West