Timothy Michaels, PhD

1405 Cathedral of Learning
Office Hours: M 3-4:00pm & by appointment


Tim Michaels, PhD is a part-time instructor and teaches Argument and Public Speaking. His primary research interests include political rhetoric, public argument, civic debate, and civil disobedience. His work also explores the relationship between communication, loneliness, and suicide.Tim completed his PhD in Rhetoric at Duquesne University in 2019 after defending his dissertation on the phenomenology of aloneness. He previously received an M.A. in Communication from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Speech Communication from Clarion University. Tim is also a full-time faculty member at Slippery Rock University, where he teaches Civil Discourse and Small Group Communication and directs the Slippery Rock Debate Society. He currently serves on the executive council of the National Educational Debate Association.

Courses Taught

  • Argument (COMMRC 0500) 
  • Public Speaking (COMMRC 0520)