2016 PAD Ballot

The PAD Nominating Committee announces the following slate for the 2016 PAD elections. Please attend the PAD business meeting, Friday, 11/11 at 12:30 pm in Grand Salon I-Level 5.

Two nominees for Vice Chair-Elect:

  • Kristy Maddux (University of Maryland)
  • Paul Stob (Vanderbilt University)

Two nominees for the Winans-Wichelns award committee:

  • Davis Houck (Florida State University)
  • Michael Lee (College of Charleston)

Four nominees for the Nichols Award committee:

  • Jason Edward Black (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
  • Jenell Johnson (University of Wisconsin)
  • Kristan Poirot (Texas A&M University)
  • David Cisneros (University of Illinois)

Two nominees for the Benson/Campbell Dissertation Award Committee:

  • Kristen McCauliff (Ball State University)
  • Michael Butterworth (Ohio University)

Two nominees for the NCA nominating committee:

  • Allison Prasch (Colorado State University)
  • Tim Steffensmeier (Kansas State University)

Ten nominees for the PAD nominating committee:

  • Mark Hlavacik (University of North Texas)
  • Paul Johnson (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Zornitsa Keremidchieva (Macalester College)
  • Jennifer Keohane (George Mason University)
  • Monika Alston-Miller (University of Central Arkansas)
  • Sam Perry (Baylor University)
  • M. Elizabeth Thorpe (SUNY-Brockport)
  • Mary Anne Trasciatti (Hofstra University)
  • Sarah Stone Watt (Pepperdine University)
  • Emily Winderman (North Carolina State University)

NCA 2016 Update & Awards Announcement

From Jen Mercieca–PAD Vice Chair:

Howdy! I write with an update about the 2016 NCA Convention Program, which is live today on natcom.org. Conference registration and hotel room blocks are also open today, get the good rates while they last!


Thanks to y’all who submitted work for consideration for PAD at NCA this year. We were allotted 22 slots this year, two fewer than last year. I regretted that the submissions were so strong overall that many deserving papers and panels were declined. Overall, I was able to accept 36 of 89 papers  for  about 40% acceptance (the same as last year). In addition, I was able to program 18 of 27 panel submissions. Thank you also to those of you who volunteered to review submissions!

Business Meeting

Regardless of whether your submission was accepted or not, all members of PAD are cordially invited to the PAD Business Meeting this coming November, where we will elect new officers, conduct old and new business, and celebrate our award winners. The PAD Business Meeting is scheduled for 12:30-1:45 in Grand Salon I – Level 5 (Marriott).

Top Papers Panel

Immediately after the business meeting, we will move on to our top papers panel, featuring:

Kelly Jakes, Wayne State University, “Songs of Sovereignty: Folksinging and Hegemonic Masculinity in Liberation France.”

The experiences of defeat and occupation by Germany and liberation by the Allies wrought considerable gender damage upon France during the Second World War. In this essay, I examine appropriations of “Quand Madelon,” a popular WWI song that reemerged during the early weeks of France’s liberation, arguing that these songs offered one discursive resource by which patriots reasserted the manly strength of their nation. By reviving old archetypal notions of eroticized, subservient femininity and tough, virile masculinity, the tunes exerted discipline over “wayward” French women and eased gendered anxieties about the nation’s ability to reclaim its status as a sovereign nation. However, like all instruments of hegemony, the songs were not purely repressive. Indeed, by aligning French résistantes with Madelon, – a symbol of paradigmatic femininity and also female civic participation and sexual agency – the songs elicited support from French women even as they contributed to misogynistic representations of war and victory.

Kevin A. Johnson and Stefani Wlaschin, California State University, Long Beach, “Vita Contemplativactiva: President Obama, Chronopolitics, and the Liberal Arts.”

Our purpose in this essay is to specifically offer a critique of the chronopolitical dimension in the current political debate about liberal arts education. Paul Virilio advanced a theory of chronopolitics that linked power to the ability to control technologies of time. In focusing on the chronopolitical dimension of education rhetoric, we advance a theory of the vita contemplativactiva. As a chronopolitical orientation, the vita contemplativactiva emphasizes a rhetorical education whereby there is no activa without contemplativa and no contemplativa without activa. Specifically, in analyzing President Obama’s address regarding manufacturing jobs, combined with the ensuing controversy surrounding art history education, we argue that the vita contemplativactiva is a necessary critical tool to ensure that the vita activa and vita contemplativa are not rhetorically constructed to be at odds with each other, to the detriment of both. In short, we argue for solidarity between the vita activa and vita contemplativa rooted in a rhetorical education. Such solidarity is necessary to navigate the demands of both democratic and economic life.

Courtney Caudle Travers, Vanderbilt University, “Fashion’s “Civic Callings:” The Rhetorical First Lady, Postwar National Identity, and Michelle Obama.”

While many scholars have examined the so-called “post-racial” politics of Barack Obama’s administration and media coverage thereof, relatively few scholars have investigated Michelle Obama’s influence on the position of first lady. Put differently, the nation’s first African-American first lady has a specific set of institutional constraints alongside broader cultural constructions of gender and race. While all first ladies face the rhetorical constraint of fashion as a potent gendered symbol for their “fit” as models for American womanhood, Michelle Obama has the additional challenge of diminishing the many media stereotypes inscribed on black women’s bodies. Thus, in this essay, I illuminate the constitutive and instrumental elements of fashion as a rhetorical resource for first ladies. I first contextualize how American fashion design gained political and symbolic momentum in the post-WWII era, before narrowing to a brief rhetorical history of modern first ladies whose fashion choices have been noted by media. Then, I use close visual and media analysis to demonstrate how First Lady Michelle Obama has addressed specific rhetorical problems through deploying fashion at relevant moments in the Obama presidency: inauguration 2009, and the 2011 and 2015 State Dinners for China. Ultimately, I conclude that analysis of Obama’s rhetorical use of fashion provides scholars the ability to complicate “post” discourses about femininity, fashion, and first ladies by better illuminating the institutional relationship between norms and invention.

Lauren R. Harris, University of Maryland, “More Beef, Less Bull: The Intersection of Agrarian and Expediency Ideologies in Recent Congressional Campaigns.”

Through an analysis of recent advertisements for congressional hopefuls Kristi Noem and Joni Ernst, this paper examines how each female candidate was able to draw on traditional imagery of agrarianism and expediency to construct an electable persona. The intersection of the agrarian myth and expediency arguments allow both women to construct a persona of the ideal moral citizen.

Award Winners

I’m thrilled to announce that this year’s recipients of the Public Address Division Top Paper Awards are:

Robert Gunderson Top Student Paper Award

First, congratulations to Lauren R. Harris, University of Maryland, for submitting the top-ranked student paper to PAD this year.

Wrage-Baskerville Top Paper Award

Second, join me in congratulating Kelly Jakes, Wayne State University, for submitting the division’s overall top-ranked contributed paper.

Each author will receive an award plaque and a modest award check at the PAD’s annual Business Meeting. I hope to see many PAD members there!

Program Highlights

I’d also like to highlight two panels related to the 2016 Presidential Election, which have been scheduled back to back on Saturday:

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM           Spotlight Panel 2016 Election: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Presidential Campaign Rhetoric

Room 413 – Level 4             Marriott Downtown

  • Karrin Anderson, Colorado State University
  • Bonnie J. Dow, Vanderbilt University
  • Stephanie Martin, Southern Methodist University
  • Carrie Murawski, Texas A&M University
  • John M. Murphy, University of Illinois
  • Shawn J. Parry-Giles, University of Maryland

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Spotlight Panel 2016 Election: Trump’s Insurgency: Demagoguery, Perversion, and Identity

Room 413 – Level 4             Marriott Downtown

  • Taylor Hahn, Johns Hopkins University
  • James Darsey, Georgia State University
  • Paul Elliott Johnson, University of Pittsburgh
  • Patricia Roberts-Miller, University of Texas
  • Joshua Gunn, University of Texas, Austin
  • Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University

In the coming months, I will use this list and our Facebook page to spotlight some of our other upcoming convention programming. General information about the division can be found at: http://ncapad.com. Thanks, as ever, to web spinner Trevor Parry-Giles for keeping our website current.

Yay, #teamrhetoric!

I hope that this finds you well,


Call for Nominations: Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award

Call for Nominations

Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award, 2016

CampbellThe Public Address Division of NCA solicits nominations for the Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award, which honors the scholarly contributions of Thomas Benson and Karlyn Kohrs Campbell by recognizing outstanding promise in doctoral research in Rhetoric and Public Address. A $500 award will be presented at the business meeting of the Public Address Division in Philadelphia, PA.

Competition for the Benson-Campbell Award is open to graduate-student members of the Public Address Division who have successfully defended a Ph.D. dissertation prospectus. A completed nomination packet consists of (1) a 7-10 page summary of the dissertation prospectus, (2) a statement by the nominee about the progress of the dissertation to date, Bensonand (3) a letter of support from the nominee’s dissertation advisor that certifies that the nominee has successfully defended the prospectus and provides a rationale for why the nominee should receive the award. Complete nomination packets must be received electronically by Belinda Stillion Southard at bss@uga.edu by August 1, 2016 in order for the nominee to be considered for the award.

Criteria for selecting the award winner include originality of the proposal; significance of the potential findings; contribution to the theory, history, or criticism of public address; and appropriateness and/or innovation of the research design and method. Previous recipients of the Award are listed here.

Belinda Stillion Southard (chair), Chuck Morris, and Cara Finnegan comprise the 2016 committee.

Address questions via email to Belinda Stillion Southard at bss@uga.edu.

Call for Nominations–2016 Nichols Award

The Public Address Division of NCA solicits nominations for the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award honoring outstanding published scholarship in public address.  The award will be presented at the business meeting of the Public Address Division in Philadelphia, in November 2016. Scholarship published in 2015 is eligible for consideration.  The Award recognizes individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the study of public address.

Marie Hochmuth Nichols (right) was the 55th President of the Speech Association of America (n55  Marie Hochmuth Nichols (3)ow the National Communication Association) in 1969, editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech from 1962 to 1965, and recipient of the Speech Communication Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1976.  Her scholarship concentrated on rhetorical theory, as she introduced the field to Kenneth Burke and I. A. Richards, and the criticism of public address. A list of previous Nichols Award recipients may be viewed at the PAD awards web site.

To be considered for the award, nominated authors must be members of the Public Address Division.  Single and co-authored, peer-reviewed scholarly books, originally written in English or translated into English from other languages, are eligible for this award.

Nominations must include: (1) a letter of nomination that identifies the scholarly work, specifies the publisher and the publication date, and provides a detailed rationale for why the work should receive the award and (2) three copies of the work being nominated.  These materials cannot be returned.

The criteria to be used in selecting the recipient include (1) the importance of the work in extending or altering our understanding of public address and/or rhetorical practice; (2) originality; (3) quality of research; (4) intellectual creativity; and (5) quality of writing.

Members of the Awards Committee who feel that they are unable to be impartial in judging any nominee will recuse themselves from discussion of that nominee.

Deadline for receipt of materials is March 31, 2016.

Send nomination materials to:

Professor Leah Ceccarelli
Department of Communication
Box 353740
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3740

2015 PAD Ballot

NCA 2015 Convention

The PAD Nominating Committee announces the following slate for the 2015 PAD elections. Please attend the PAD business meeting, Friday, 11/20 at 2:00 pm in Brasilia 3, Rio Conference Center. Winners noted in bold/italics.

Vice Chair Elect
Lisa Flores (University of Colorado, Boulder)
John Lynch (University of Cincinnati)

Maegan Parker Brooks (Willamette University)
Leslie Harris (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Michelle Yang (University of Maryland)

Benson-Campbell Committee
Cara Finnegan (University of Illinois)
Johanna Hartelius (University of Pittsburgh)
Sara Vanderhaagen (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Nichols Award Committee (vote for two)
James Darsey (Georgia State University)
Davis W. Houck (Florida State University)
Belinda A. Stillion Southard (University of Georgia)
Dave Tell (University of Kansas)

PAD Nominating Committee (vote for five)
Bryan Amsden (Clayton State University)
Jeff Bennett (University of Iowa), Chair
Adina Cheree Carlson (Arizona State University)
Emily Crosby (University of Pittsburgh)
Amanda Edgar (University of Memphis)
Stephen Heidt (Florida Atlantic University)
Kevin E. Johnson (Cal State Long Beach)
Jaclyn Nolan (University of Georgia)
Carly S. Woods (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Nathan Atkinson (Georgia State University)

NCA Nominating Committee
Kelly Jakes (Wayne State University)
Tiffany Lewis (CUNY Baruch College)