The 2014-2015 Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication

Raymie E. McKerrow is the Charles E. Zumkehr Professor in the School of Communication Studies, and Affiliate Faculty in Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. He earned his B. S. in Speech at Southern Illinois University, an M. A. at Colorado State University, and his Ph. D. in Speech Communication at the University of Iowa. His early research extended his dissertation research on Archbishop Whately’s rhetoric, along with other work focusing on Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century rhetorical history and theory. He also has contributed work in argument theory, most recently as a respondent to papers presented at the Ontario Society for the Study of Argument Conferences. Since the mid 1980’s his work has focused on contemporary rhetoric, drawing on the ‘ideological turn’ in rhetorical theory/criticism, with primary attention on what has become known as “critical rhetoric.” In reworking and advancing the arguments contained in early work between 1984 and 2014, he has published on issues such as space and time, the nature of the subject, and corporeal rhetoric.

After leaving the University of Iowa ABD in 1973, he spent three years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, then moved in 1976 to the University of Maine, Orono where he served as Department Chair, Associate Dean in Arts and Sciences, Student Academic Services Coordinator, and Fall Orientation Coordinator. In 1995, he moved to the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. He has served as Associate Dean and Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, and as Director of the McNair Scholars program.

He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in contemporary rhetoric, feminist rhetoric, and has taught an undergraduate course in training and development and a graduate course in corporate communication in recent years. While at Maine he directed MA theses and served on numerous MA committees. At Ohio University, he has directed 12 MA committees, 24 doctoral dissertations, and served on 35 doctoral committees. He currently directs 8 doctoral students and serves on another 6 committees in progress. He also serves as liaison for the School’s collaborative doctoral program with Bangkok University.

He has served as Vice President and President of the Eastern Communication Association and as Vice President and President of the National Communication Association. He also has edited Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Quarterly, the Review of Communication and the Quarterly Journal of Speech. He also has served on numerous editorial boards since the early 1980’s. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Critical and Cultural Studies Division, the Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, and the Charles H Woolbert Award from NCA, Distinguished Service Awards from the American Forensic Association and the Eastern Communication Association, and honored as a Centennial Scholar by ECA, named a Wittenberg Fellow, and a Maine Distinguished Professor. NCA’s Community College Honorary, Sigma Chi Eta has honored him in naming an Award the Raymie McKerrow Chapter of the Year Award.

* Spring 2015 Course Descriptions.pdf
Check out the COM courses being offered for the Spring 2015 Semester in our Course Descriptions Guide.

Contact Information

Department of Communication
Garey Hall room 28
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Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-4750
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Spring 2015 IGR Seminars

Intergroup Relations (IGR) is an educational experience about issues of social justice. One-credit IGR courses are designed to prepare students to create dialogues in situations where understanding and listening are needed. We will focus on building relationships among students from different identity groups (e.g., gender, religion, race, ability, socio-economic status, etc.). Students will receive 1 credit in Communication. For more information, go to

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