Record of Professional Activities
Michael Calvin McGee
P/DOB: TN, USA 10/21/43
P/DOD: IA, USA 10/27/2002
B. A., Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, 1965 (majors: speech, history, and sociology).
M. A., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1967 (majors: rhetoric, English constitutional history) Thesis: "John Wilkes and the North Briton: A Case Study in Popular Rhetoric," Directed by J. P. Bakke.
Ph.D., The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1974 (major interests: rhetoric, public address, modern England) Thesis: "Edmund Burke's Beautiful Lie: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Rhetoric and Social Theory," Directed by D. C. Bryant.
Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1985-2001.
Associate Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1979-84.
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 1976-79.
Assistant Professor, Memphis State University, Memphis, TN 1970-76.
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 1969-70.
Van Zelst Professor of Communication Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Winter/Spring, 1985.
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Rhetoric, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Fall, 1981. Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Fall, 1975.
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Florida Gainesville, FL, Summer, 1973.
Visiting Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Hampton Institute, Hampton Roads, Virginia, Summer, 1967.
I direct research and writing toward construction of a rhetorical theory of ideology and hegemony with the intention of exploring the possibility that liberalism may eventually adapt to the fragmentation of American culture in postmodernity. I am also interested in the public policy issues that arise from this possibility, all of which cluster in the question: Should liberalism survive?
In the past several years, each project has actually become two projects, as I have simultaneously theorized digitally mediated communication as a prius to considering alternative possibilities for the dissemination of knowledge. I am more interested in high-level education (Ph.D.) than in problems of transporting knowledge through all the various formations of the public.
Outstanding Professor, 1997, National Speakers Association
"This award recognizes outstanding commitment to understanding and enhancing the spoken word shown through unusually effective undergraduate or graduate teaching of presentation skills. Furthermore, this award recognizes superior contributions through original research and significant publications."
Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, National Communication Association, for a sustained body of research, 1994.
Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association, for "The Ideograph: A Link Between Rhetoric and Ideology," 1980.
Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association, for "The Fall of Wellington," 1978.
James A. Winans/Herbert A. Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, National Communication Association, for "In Search of 'The People': A Rhetorical Alternative," 1976.
Grants and Fellowships
Co-Director (with John Lucaites) of "Scholar's Web: A Model for Integrated Graduate Teaching and Creative Scholarship," a grant sponsored by the Learning Technology Initiative of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, 1997.
Associated with Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry N. E. H. grant for Scholar's Workshops. POROI Executive Committee administering the project, 1990-93. Co-Director (with Bruce Gronbeck) of Scholar's Workshop on Narrative in the Human Sciences, 1990.
Mellon Foundation-University House Summer Research Grant (with John S. Nelson and D. N. McCloskey), 1985.
Associated with the University of Iowa Symposium in the Humanities, "The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences," sponsored by the University of Iowa, the Iowa Humanities Board, and the N.E.H., D. N. McCloskey, Allan Megill, and John S. Nelson, directors, March, l984.
Associated with the University of Iowa Project on International Communication Studies, sponsored by the N. E. H., James Pusack and C. Frederick Altman, directors, 1983-95.
Mellon Foundation-University House Summer Research Grant (with Allan Scult and J. Kenneth Kuntz), 1982, resulting in publication of "Genesis and Power: An Analysis of the Biblical Story of Creation."
Old Gold Summer Research Grant, University of Iowa, 1980, resulting in publication of "Secular Humanism: A Radical Reading of 'Culture Industry' Productions."
Selected Publications and Public Lectures (1980-1997)
Developed and maintaining a major research site on the World Wide Web for the study of critical rhetoric. Approximately 100 pages of content so far conceived, written, designed, and posted, 1996-date.
Developed and contributing to an on-going virtual learning environment to support a multi-campus distance learning (1996-date).
Developing the Aristotle Robot project (with Diane Davis, David Depew, and John Lucaites) to explore new ways to present the text of books in a multi-media learning environment (1998-date).
Developed prototype and continuing to theorize a protocol for writing and publishing scholarly on-line essays (1997-date).
Essays in Print
- "Phronesis in the Gadamer Versus Habermas Debates." Judgment calls : rhetoric, politics, and indeterminacy. J. M. Sloop and J. P. McDaniel. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1998: 13-41.
- "Fragments of Winter: Racial Discontents in America, 1992," in Rhetoric in Postmodern America: Conversations with Michael Calvin McGee, ed. Carol Corbin, New York and London: Guilford Press, 1998: 159-88.
- "Suffix it to Say that Reality is at Issue," American Communication Journal, Volume One, Issue One.
- "The Dawning of Online Interactive Scholarship," September 1997
- "Superficial Confrontations," Argument and the Postmodern Challenge: Proceedings of the Eighth NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation, ed. Raymie E. McKerrow (Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 1993), 76-78.
- "On the English Origins of American Liberty," in Terry L. Anderson and Donald McCloskey, The Rhetoric of Liberty: Conference Readings (Bozeman, MT: Political Economy Research Center, 1990), proceedings of a conference sponsored by The Liberty Fund, Inc.
- "Text, Context, and the Fragmentation of American Culture," Western Speech Communication Journal, 54 (Summer 1990), 274-89 (a special issue comparing and contrasting the rhetorical theories of Michael Calvin McGee and Michael Leff).
- "A Response to Charles Arthur Willard's A Theory of Argumentation," in Spheres of Argument, ed. Bruce E. Gronbeck (Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 1989), 309-313.
- Rhetoric, Organizational Communication, and Sartre's Theory of Group Praxis, B. Aubrey Fisher Memorial Lecture (Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah, 1989).
- "Power to the <People>," Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 4 (1987), 432-37.
- "The Rhetoric of History and of Professional Historians," in Joseph W. Wenzel, ed., Argument and Critical Practices (Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 1987), pp. 565-68.
- "What Are Nice Folks Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Some Entailments of Treating Knowledge Claims Rhetorically," (with John Lyne) in Donald N. McCloskey, Allan Megill, and John S. Nelson, eds., The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences: Language and Argument in Scholarship and Public Affairs (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987), pp. 381-406.
- Executive Producer, Conversations with Kenneth Burke, 8-hour videotaped interview series (Memphis, TN: University of Iowa in cooperation with National Communication Association and Motion Picture Laboratories, 1987).
- "Against Transcendentalism: Prologue to an Applied Theory of Communicative Praxis," in Aram A. Aghazarian and Herbert W. Simons, eds., Form and Genre in Political Communication, (Columbia SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1986), pp. 108-58.
- "Genesis and Power: An Analysis of the Biblical Story of Creation," (with Allan Scult and J. Kenneth Kuntz) Quarterly Journal of Speech 72 (1986), 113-31.
- "Narrative Reason in Public Argument," (with John S. Nelson) Journal of Communication 35 (1985), 139-55.
- On Feminized Power, The Van Zelst Lecture in Communication (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University School of Speech, 1985).
- "The Moral Problem of Argumentum per Argumentum," in J. Robert Cox, Malcolm O. Sillars, and Gregg B. Walker eds., Argument and Social Practice, (Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 1985), pp. 1-15.
- "Recreating a Rhetorical View of Narrative: Adam Smith in Conversation with Quintilian," in J. Robert Cox, Malcolm O. Sillars, and Gregg B. Walker eds., Argument and Social Practice, (Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 1985), pp. 45-56.
- "1984: Some Issues in the Rhetorical Study of Political Communication," in Keith R. Sanders, Dan D. Nimmo, and Lynda Kaid, eds., Political Communication Yearbook (Carbondale IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1985), pp. 155-82.
- "Another Philippic: Notes on the Ideological Turn in Criticism," Central States Speech Journal, 35 (1984), 43-50.
- "Secular Humanism: A Radical Reading of 'Culture Industry' Productions," Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 1 (1984) 1-33.
- "An Essay on the Flip Side of Privacy," in Malcolm O. Sillars, David Zarefsky, and Jack Rhodes, eds., Proceedings of the 1983 NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation (Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 1983), pp. 105-16.
- "Public Knowledge and Ideological Argumentation," (with Martha Anna Martin) Communication Monographs, 50 (March, 1983), 47-65.
- "Social Movement as Meaning," Central States Speech Journal, 34 (Spring, 1983), 74-77.
Oral Communication: A Short Course in Speaking, (with Donald C. Bryant and Karl R. Wallace) 5th ed. (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1982).
- "A Materialist's Conception of Rhetoric," in Ray E. McKerrow, ed. Explorations in Rhetoric: Studies in Honor of Douglas Ehninger (Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1982), pp. 23-48.
- "Social Movement: Phenomenon or Meaning?" Central States Speech Journal, 31 (1980), 233-44.
- "The Origins of Liberty: A Feminization of Power," Communication Monographs 47 (March, 1980), 23-44.
- "The Ideograph: A Link Between Rhetoric and Ideology," Quarterly Journal of Speech 66 (February, 1980), 1-16.
- "American Fascism," keynote address delivered at the Hayward Conference on Rhetorical Criticism, University of California at Hayward, May 1, 1998.
- "A Burkoid Fragment on Old and New Materialism," lecture presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, November 21, 1997.
- "Illuminating the Fragments: Spotlight on Michael Calvin McGee," panel and lecture presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, November 21, 1997
- "Something about Rhetoric and Not that Other Stuff," University of Iowa Colloquium, November 19, 1996
- "Publican vs. Populist: The Hidden Politics of Searching for a Public," First Annual Norman Thomas Lecture Series, Vanderbilt University, October, 1994.
- "A Proposition Concerning Propriety," Western States Communication Association, San Jose, February, 1994.
- "Postmodern Rhetoric: Grounds and Movements," Spotlight Panel with Thomas P. Farrell, National Communication Association, Miami, November, 1993.
- "Refiguring Identification: Social Movement Identities and Contemporary Theory," National Communication Association, Miami, November, 1993.
- "Rhetoric and Postmodernism," Joint meeting of Southern Speech Communication Association and Central States Communication Association, Lexington, KY, April 1993.
- "Hegemony, Discourse, and Strategies for Social Change," National Communication Association, Chicago, November, 1992.
- "Language with the Force of Law: Rhetorical Perspectives on the Right to Privacy," National Communication Association, Chicago, 1992.
- "Performative Criticism: A Response to the Fragmentation of American Culture," Southern Speech Communication Association, Birmingham, AL, April 1991.
- "Thoughts on Chris Wheeler's New Toy," National Communication Association, San Francisco, November, 1989.
- "A Response to Charles Arthur Willard's A Theory of Argumentation," 1989 NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, Utah, July 31, 1989.
- Panel Respondent, "Case Studies in Foreign Affairs and Science," National Communication Association, Boston, November 6, 1987.
- Panel Respondent, "Ideological Criticism vs. Textual Criticism: McGee and Leff in Dialogue," National Communication Association, Boston, November 7, 1987.
- "The Rhetoric of History and of Professional Historians," 1987 NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, Utah, July 30, 1987.
- "'A Certain Ethics of the Intellectual': Fascism in Europe and America," Public Lecture, Ohio State University, May 5, 1987; earlier versions delivered for Iowa Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry, April 17, l987; The University of Alabama, October 15, 1986; Department of Communication Studies PhD Seminar, September 10, 1986.
- "A Response to Competitive Papers in the Philosophy of Communication," International Communication Association, Montreal, QUE, May 31, 1987.
- "Public Address and Culture Studies," Southern and Central States Speech Communication Associations combined convention, St. Louis, MO, April 11, 1987.
- "Power to the <People>: Subversions of <Popular Sovereignty> in the Ideograph <Public>," Southern and Central States Speech Communication Associations combined convention, St. Louis, MO, April 10, 1987.
- NCA Town Hall Debate, against the motion "Resolved that this House deplores the excessive specialization characteristic of graduate programs in our prestigious institutions," National Communication Association, Chicago, November 13, 1986.
- "Feminine Power as Authority," National Communication Association, Chicago, November 14, 1986.
- "Isocrates: The Father of Rhetoric," National Communication Association, Chicago, November 15, 1986.
- "Rhetorical and Cultural Studies," International Communication Association, Chicago, May 30, 1986.
- "An Encomium on the Traces of Marxist Influence in Edwin Black's Rhetorical Criticism: A Study in Method," Central States Speech Communication Association, Cincinnati, OH, April 18, 1986.
- "The Female King: Coping with Abjection in Renaissance England," Public Lecture for N.E.H. Program, "The Renaissance Connection: Art and Power," Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, April 12, 1986.
- "The Art of Rhetoric as Aesthetic Political Practice," Public Lecture at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, March 20, 1986.
- "The Moral Problem of Argumentum per Argumentum," Keynote Address at the 1985 NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, Utah, August 1, 1985.
- "Recreating a Rhetorical View of Narrative: Adam Smith in Conversation with Quintilian," 1985 NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, Utah, August 2, 1985.
- "On Feminized Power," The Van Zelst Lecture in Communication, Northwestern University, May 30, 1985.
- "Significant Differences Between Rhetorical and Literary Theories of Narrative," Dept. of English, DePaul University, February 15, 1985.
- "Marx and Burke in Conversation," National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, November 2, 1984.
- "What Shall We Mean by Rhetoric in its Relationship with Science?" National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, November 3, 1984.
- "What Are Nice Folks Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Some Entailments of Treating Knowledge Claims Rhetorically," paper presented in the Iowa Symposium on the Rhetoric of Inquiry, (N. E. H.) Iowa City, IA, March 1984.
- "The Mystification of Religious Terms in Political Communication," National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, November 1983.
- "American Rhetorical Studies as an Intellectual Practice," University Lecture, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, November 8, 1983.
- "An Essay on the Flip Side of Privacy," 1983 NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, Utah, July 28-31, 1983.
- "Rhetoric and the Concept of Ideology" and "Research in Rhetoric and Social Theory," Public Lectures Presented at Memphis State University, April 27 and 29, 1983.
- "Franklin Roosevelt's Fireside Whispers," a paper presented to Nicholas McKinney Cripe, on the occasion of his retirement from teaching, at the annual convention of the Central States Speech Communication Association, Lincoln, NE, April 9, 1983.
- "The Limits of Figuration," paper read for me by Michael McGuire at the Southern Speech Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL, April 9, 1983.
- "Position Paper on the Relationship Between Schools of Philosophy and the Development of Rhetorical Theory," Northwestern University Research Conference on Philosophy and Rhetoric, Evanston, IL, June, 1982.
- "The Power of the Symbol," Southern States Speech Association, Hot Springs, AK, April, 1982.
- "Social Movement as Meaning," Central States Speech Association, Milwaukee, WI, April, 1982.
- "Reflections on the Proper Use of Dead Greeks," Western States Speech Association, Denver, CO, February, 1982.
- "Secular Humanism: A Radical Reading," public lecture presented at the University of Pittsburgh, December, 1981.
- "Monsters: An Explanation of Rhetoric's Epistemic Function," public lecture presented at George Mason University, November, 1981.
- "Public Service in Anglo-America," public lecture presented at the University of Virginia, November, 1981.
- "A Reply to Messrs. Wander, Hyde, and Smith," National Communication Association Convention, Anaheim, CA November, 1981.
- "Ideographs and Social Movement," public lecture and workshop given at Austin-Peay University, Clarksville, TN, October, 1981.
- "A Critique of Sociological Legitimation Theories," NCA-AFA Summer Conference on Argument Theory, Alta, UT, August, 1981.
- "Epistemic Functions of Ideology," paper and workshop, Memphis State University National Undergraduate Honors Seminar, May, 1981.
- "Criticism is a Mode of Theory Construction," Central States Speech Association, April, 1981.
- "Rhetoric as/is Epistemic," National Communication Association, New York, NY November, 1980.
- "Rhetoric IS the Counterpart of Dialectic," public lecture presented at The University of Georgia, May, 1980.
- "Ideological Criticism in Communication Studies," paper and workshop, Memphis State University National Undergraduate Honors Seminar, Memphis, TN, March 1980.
Research-Connected Service Positions
Editorial Board Member and Associate Editor, American Communication Journal, 1996-present.
Co-editor (with Barbara Biesecker and John Sloop) of Polemics, a book series at Westview Press, 1993-present.
Associate Editor, Central States Speech Journal, 1977-79, 1982-85.
Associate Editor, Communication Monographs, 1977-80, 1983-86.
Associate Editor, Quarterly Journal of Speech, 1982-86.
Associate Editor, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 1986-89; Reader, 1982-85.
- Thesis and Dissertation Director Woodrow Wilson Leake, "The Systemic Argument" (MA, Alabama, 1970)
- L. Daniel Rainey, "A Rhetorical Analysis of Lenin's Critique of Materialism and Empirio-Criticism" (MA, Memphis State, 1976)
- Maurice Charland, "Discourse and Power: The Construction in Public Communication of a Peuple Quebecois" (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1983)
- John Louis Lucaites, "Flexibility and Consistency in Eighteenth-Century Anglo-Whiggism: A Case Study of the Rhetorical Dimensions of Legitimacy." (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1984)
- James Douglas Smead, "Conceptual texts : redefining intermedia translation" (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1984)
- Mary Susan Piccirillo, "Toward a rhetorical aesthetic of televisual experience," (University of Iowa, 1987)
- Dale A. Herbeck, "Talking about seditious libel : systems of argumentation and the development of freedom of expression" (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1988)
- Elizabeth Jean Nelson, "To Ethiopia and beyond : the primacy of "Struggle" in Mussolini's public discourse" (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1988).
- Cathy Schwichtenberg (now Ramona Liera Schwichtenberg-Schlectweg), "The femme fatale stratagem : reading the postmodern pleasures and politics of Miami Vice" (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1988)
- Michael Patrick Madden, "A "convenant with death" : the President's epideictic message of legitimation and national sacrifice" (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1988)
- Anna Susan Owen, "Liberalizing Clio: the rhetoric of feminist history." (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1989).
- Lawrance Bernabo, "The Scopes myth : the Scopes trial in rhetorical perspective" (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1990)
- Lisa Cuklanz, "Rape law reform and the public imagination characterizations of victim and rapist in popularized rape trials" (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1991).
- Fernando Delgado, "A necessary amalgamation : integrating intercultural communication and cultural studies," (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1994).
- David Cheshier, "The Rhetorical Constitution of Late Twentieth Century American Public Spheres," (University of Iowa, 1996).
- James P. McDaniel, " ," (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1998).
- Candace Todd, "Designating heroes: theory and analysis of presidential epideictic awards," (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1998)
Designed and mounted a World Wide Web based course on Classical Rhetoric in the Postmodern Condition. Plan to continue to re-design all my graduate courses for Web-based teaching (1996).
Designed a series of experimental teacher/graduate student interactions to explore the possibilities of orality and performance in theory construction. Constructed environments include: interview interactions involving 1, 2, and 10 students; reading group interactions involving 10-15 students and 2-5 faculty; modified seminar formats providing for performative criticism and performative theory construction; on-and off-campus, formal and informal, variations; and electronically mediated e-mail interactions involving 5 students (1990-94).
Designed a multi-disciplinary cooperative project for graduate students to research the work of Kenneth Burke, study interview and television production, and produce commercial quality archival footage--the only time Kenneth Burke was interviewed on television, our only televisual record of his intellectual activity. Distributed as "Conversations with Kenneth Burke," eight hours on 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch videotape by The University of Iowa in cooperation with the National Communication Association (Falls Church, VA) and Motion Picture Laboratories (Memphis, TN). Released August, 1987.
Designed a series of three graduate courses in the philosophy of rhetoric, including and highlighting the philosophies of vitalism, materialism, existentialism, and hermeneutics. [1: Rhetoric and Social Theory; 2: Ideology and Hegemony; 3: Interpretation and Criticism] Taught at the University of Iowa (1985-present).
Designed a series of four graduate courses in the history of Whig-liberal ideology in Anglo-America from 1550 to date. Taught at the Universities of Wisconsin and Iowa. (1977-present)
Designed and executed a series of studies to determine how best to integrate video technology in the communication studies classroom at Memphis State University. Designed multi-media classroom and successfully altered my own courses as well as helped alter five other courses taught by colleagues (1974-76)
Organizing Member of the Faculty of the University College of Memphis State University, a non-traditional degree-granting unit designed to extend University services into areas not comprehended in traditional departmental organizational plan. Developed with David Bowman (English) the required courses in basic composition and communication skills for University College (1972).
Conceived, developed, and directed an innovative multi-section freshman introduction to rhetoric and communication arts at Memphis State University. The course attracted regional and national attention, and is now part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences basic requirements at Memphis State (1971-72).
Courses taught at the graduate level:
Theories of Public Address; Rhetorical Criticism; History of Rhetorical Theory (then 'til now); Anglo-American Public Address; British Public Address; Rhetoric of Social Movements; Political Communication; Rhetoric and Social Theory; Ideology and Hegemony; Rhetoric and Philosophy; Seminar: Communication, Culture, and the Popular Arts; Seminar: History of Whig/Liberalism (four semester sequence); Seminar: Hitler and Fascism; Seminar: Theory Construction; Seminar: Hermeneutics; Seminar: Rhetoric of Inquiry; Seminar: The Problem of Identity.
Courses taught at the undergraduate level:
Public Speaking; Argumentation; Parliamentary Procedure; Radio-Television-Film and Society; Group Discussion; Directing the Forensic Program; Introduction to Rhetoric and Communication Arts; Communication in Contemporary Culture; The Rhetoric of Campaigns and Revolution; Sex Roles and Communication; Persuasion
Journal of the American Communication Association, Central States Speech Journal, Exetasis, Communication Monographs, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of the American Forensic Association, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Southern Speech Communication Journal, and Western States Speech Journal
Visiting professor, visiting member of graduate committees, and/or curriculum consultant at the Universities of Florida, Northwestern, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Visiting Lecturer at the following Universities:
University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; University of Alabama-Birmingham; Austin-Peay University; University of California-Berkeley; University of California-Hayward; Concordia University (Montreal); DePaul University; DePauw University; Drake University; University of Florida; George Mason University; University of Georgia; Hampton Institute; University of Iowa; Louisiana State University; University of Memphis; University of Minnesota; Northeastern University; Northwestern University; Ohio State University; Pennsylvania State University; University of Pittsburgh; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Temple University; University of Utah; Vanderbilt University; University of Virginia; University of Wisconsin-Madison
- American Communication Association, National Communication Association, International Communication Association, International Society for the History of Rhetoric, International Society for the Study of Argumentation, Central States Communication Association.
- National Communication Association, Golden Anniversary Awards Committee, 1986-88; Outstanding Teachers and Scholars Program Planner, 1987.
- Southern Speech Communication Association, various committees associated with the rhetorical theory and public address interest groups.
- Chair, Review Committee for Rhetoric Program, Liberal Arts College, University of Iowa, 1986-87
- Member and regular participant, Seminar on the Rhetoric of Inquiry, University of Iowa 1980-86.
- Executive Committee, Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry, University of Iowa, 1985-present.
Member, Project for International Communication Studies, University of Iowa 1981-95.
Department Web Master, 1996-99
Graduate Appeals Committee, 1994-96
Graduate Committee, 1994-97
Professor-in-Charge, Rhetorical Studies Division (Iowa) 1985-91.
Executive Committee (Memphis State and Iowa), 1974-76; 1985-91.
Committee to Revise the Graduate Program (Iowa), 1982-85.