2003 Ph.D. in Communication (specializations in Intercultural Communication and Rhetoric), Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Dissertation: Reconciliation as a Tragicomic Corrective: From Racial Offense to Rhetorical Coherence
1994 M.A. in English (Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language) Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Thesis: The Effect of Text Absence on Two-Step Summary Writing by Non-Native Speakers of English
1991 B.A. in English / Secondary Teaching Certification Western State College, Gunnison, Colorado
Awards & Honors
Top Single-Author Book Award, NCA Communication Ethics Division, 2009
Top Paper Award, 7th Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society, 2008
Dissertation nominated by committee chair for the National Communication Association’s Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2003
Outstanding Graduate in Doctoral Studies, Department of Communication Studies, Regent University, 2003
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges (67th Volume)
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, initiated 1996
National Communication Association
Religious Communication Association
Kenneth Burke Society
2014 “‘Accidental Racist’: Stumbling through the Motions of Racial Reconciliation.” Paper presented at the NCA National Convention in Chicago.
2014 “Toward the Poetic Ideal: Multiple Moral Framings in Hatch’s Tetrad and Obama’s Race Speech.” Paper presented at the 13th National Communication Ethics Conference at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
2013 “Incongruity, Irony, and Romantic Maturity in Contemporary Worship: A Burkeian Analysis of DC*B’s A Collision.” Paper presented at the NCA National Convention in Washington, DC.
2013 “Dialogic Rhetoric in Letters Across the Divide: A Dance of (Good) Faith toward Racial Reconciliation.” Faith and Learning Paper (revised and expanded from my earlier publication) presented at May faculty workshop.
2012 “Resolutions of Regret: The Other in the Evolution of a State Apology for Slavery.” Paper presented at the 12th National Communication Ethics Conference at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
2011 “‘Time to Set Aside Childish Things’: Conceptualizing Maturity, Rhetorically.” Paper presented in a Kenneth Burke Society panel at the NCA National Convention in New Orleans.
2011 “Brian McLaren’s (Polyphonically) Novel Approach to the Bible: Hearing God Amid Many Voices.” Paper presented in a Religious Communication Association panel at the NCA National Convention in New Orleans.
2010 Position paper presented at the “Rhetorics of Sacrifice” pre-conference seminar at the NCA National Convention in San Francisco.
2010 Respondent to plenary address on UN’s Transitional Justice Policy at 12th Biennial Public Address Conference, “Human Rights & Rhetoric: Controversies, Conundrums, and Community Actions,” held at University of Pittsburgh.
2009 “Towards a Fuller Moral Act: Refiguring the Romantic.” Paper presented in a Kenneth Burke Society panel at the NCA National Convention in Chicago.
2009 “From Psychology to Rhetoric: Forgiveness in the Dialogues of Reconciliation.” Paper presented in a Communication Ethics Division panel at the NCA National Convention in Chicago.
2008 “Plotting a New Course toward Racial Reconciliation through Remorse: An Examination of Recent State Resolutions Apologizing for Slavery.” Lead paper presented in an African American Communication and Culture Division panel at the NCA National Convention in San Diego.
2008 Panelist in Roundtable on Emotion and Conflict (Peace and Conflict Communication Division) at the NCA National Convention in San Diego.
2008 “Rounding (out) the Bases of Racial Reconciliation: (Dia)logology and Virginia’s Apology for Slavery.” Competitive paper presented at the 7th Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society, hosted by Villanova University. Received Top Paper award.
2008 “Resolutions of Regret: Examining the First State Apology for Slavery.” Paper presented on a Political Communication Division panel at the Central States Communication Association convention in Madison, WI.
2007 Chair and respondent for a panel of competitive papers, “Apologia, Atonement, and Absolution in Public Address: Institutional and Corporate Statements of Explanation and Repair.” Public Address Division, NCA National Convention in Chicago.
2006 “Letters Across the Divide: A Dialogic Pedagogy of Racial Responsibility.” Paper presented on an African American Communication and Culture Division panel at the NCA National Convention in San Antonio.
2006 Chair and respondent (substitute for Erik Doxtader) on Peace and Conflict Division panel “Determination, Mediation, Miscommunication: Three Instances in the Struggle for (and Against) Reconciliation,” NCA National Convention in San Antonio.
2006 “Between Religious Visions and Secular Realities: Burke’s Logology and the Rhetoric of Reconciliation.” Paper presented at the interdisciplinary symposium “‘Coming to Terms’ with Reconciliation: Critical Perspectives on the Practice, Politics, and Ethics of Transitional Justice,” University of Wisconsin, Madison.
2006 “Using a Dialogic Text to Promote Racial Responsibility and Healing in the Intercultural Communication Course.” Panel talk presented at the Ninth National Communication Ethics Conference, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.
2005 Respondent for Peace and Conflict Division panel, “Democratizing Reconciliation work in the Middle East: Perspectives on Morocco, Iraq, and Israel-Palestine through Conflict, Cooperation, and Mediation,” NCA National Convention in Boston.
2005 “Letters Across the Divide: In Coherent Dialogue toward Racial Reconciliation?” Paper presented on an International and Intercultural Communication Division panel at the NCA National Convention in Boston.
2004 “Beyond Image Restoration: In/Coherent Racial Apologies for Slavery.” Competitive paper presented within the Public Address Division at the NCA National Convention in Chicago.
2003 “Reconciliation: A Bridge from Complicity to Coherence in the Rhetoric of Race Relations.” Competitive paper presented within the African American Communication and Culture Division at the NCA National Convention in Miami.
2003 “Rhetorical Redemption in Double Vision: Reconciliation as a Tragicomic Corrective.” Paper presented within the Association for Rhetoric and Communication in Southern Africa at the NCA National Convention in Miami.
2001 “In Search of Real Dialogue in Virtual Space: The Race Relations Web Site on About.com.” Competitive paper presented within the Ethnography Division at the NCA National Convention in Atlanta.
2001 “A (Rap)prochement of Identities: Hip-Hop and the Gospel According to the Gospel Gangstaz.” Paper presented at PCA National Conference.
2000 “Buber’s I-You Philosophy in Cross-Cultural Contexts.” Competitive paper presented on an RCA student-paper panel at the NCA National Convention in Seattle.