Eric English, PhD

1440 Cathedral of Learning
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412-624-8531
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Education

PhD, Communication, University of Pittsburgh

Biography

Lecturer

Eric English specializes in rhetorical theory, public argument, and political rhetoric. A former Pitt debater and assistant debate coach with experience in both intercollegiate policy debate and public debate, his pedagogical focus is on public speaking and debate as a form of civic engagement. He has previously taught courses at Point Park University, Washington & Jefferson College, and California University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as Director of Forensics on an interim basis. His latest research is on the persuasive appeals of landmark texts of the modern American conservative movement.

Conferences

Presenter, “Barry Goldwater’s Rhetoric Across Conservative Borders.” Paper delivered at the Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, May 25, 2014.

Presenter, “Citizens United and the Rhetoric of Persuasive Precedent: A Study of the Confluence of Rhetoric and Law.” Paper delivered at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, April 26, 2013.

Presenter, “Libertarian Populism?: The Paradox of the Ron Paul Revolution.” Paper delivered at the Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, May 27, 2012.

Panel participant, “Civic Voice and the Public Work of Rhetoric.” Roundtable discussion at the National Communication Association Convention, November 18, 2011.

Panel participant, “Animating a Living History of the Alta Argumentation Conference.” Roundtable discussion at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, May 1, 2008.

Presenter, “Transcending History: ‘Critical Rhetoric’ and Kenneth Burke’s Conception of Historical Narrative.” Paper delivered at the National Communication Association Convention, November 22, 2003.

Presenter, “Apocalyptic Environmentalism: Greenpeace and the Global Warming Jeremiad.” Paper delivered at the National Communication Association Convention, November 21, 2003.  Designated “Top Student Paper.”

Presenter, “Aristotle’s Appropriation of the Platonic Conception of Rhetoric.” Paper delivered at the Pennsylvania State University 2nd Annual Honors Conference, July 7, 2001.

Articles

“The Debate Authors Working Group Model for Collaborative Knowledge Production in Forensics Scholarship” (co-authored with Matthew Brigham, Catherine E. Morrison, Gordon R. Mitchell, John Rief and Carly Woods) Argumentation and Advocacy 47 (2010): 1-24.

“Debate as a Weapon of Mass Destruction” (lead author; co-authored with Stephen Llano, Catherine E. Morrison, Gordon R. Mitchell, John Rief and Carly Woods) Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 4 (2007): 222-226.

 

Courses Taught

  • Rhetorical Process (COMMRC 0310)
  • Argument (COMMRC 0500)
  • Public Speaking (0520)
  • Speech Composition (COMMRC 0550)