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, Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University
  • Vice Chair, Lisa Flores, University of Colorado
  • Vice Chair-Elect, Kristy Maddux, University of Maryland
  • Secretary, Maegan Parker Brooks, Willamette University
  • Immediate Past Chair, Lisa Keränen, University of Colorado-Denver
  • NCA Nominating Committee Representative, Allison Prasch, Colorado State University

Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award Committee:

  • Lisa Keränen, University of Colorado-Denver (chair)
  • David Cisneros, University of Illinois
  • Kristan Poirot, Texas A&M University

PAD Nominating Committee:

  • Paul Johnson, University of Pittsburgh (chair)
  • Jennifer Keohane, George Mason University
  • Zornitsa Keremidchieva, Macalaster College
  • Sam Perry, Baylor University
  • Emily Winderman, North Carolina State University

Benson-Campbell Award Committee

  • Charles E. Morris III, Syracuse University (2017, chair)
  • Cara Finnegan, University of Illinois (2018)
  • Kristen McCauliff, Ball State University (2019)

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