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David M. Timmerman

Academic Biography:
David Timmerman is the Dean of the Faculty and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Prior to coming to Monmouth College in 2010, he taught as a member of the Rhetoric Department at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana and won the McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Excellence in Teaching Award. He served both as Department Chair of the Rhetoric Department and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. He is a past president of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric. He reviews essays and serves as a referee for several journals in rhetoric including Rhetoric Review, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Argumentation and Advocacy, and Advances in the History of Rhetoric. He enjoys the close intellectual and social community that marks liberal arts colleges as distinctive and in particular the relationships fostered between students and faculty, and among faculty colleagues.

Research Interests:
The Development of Rhetoric in Ancient Greece

Rhetoric and Democratic Practice

Public Speaking as a Liberal Art

Political Communication

Religious Rhetoric

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
Public Speaking and Democratic Participation: Speaking, Listening, and Deliberating in the Civic Realm. Co-authored with Jennifer Abbott, Todd McDorman, and Jill Lamberton. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Humor, Race, and Rhetoric: “A Liberating Sabotage of the Past’s Hold on the Present.” (Co-authored with Grant Gussman and Daniel King). Rhetoric Review 31 (2012): 169-187.

Classical Greek Rhetorical Theory and the Disciplining of Discourse. (Co-authored with Edward Schiappa). Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Midway Between Slavery and Citizenship: Black Freedmen in White Protestant Sermons in the Immediate Post Civil War Period. Robert Ellison (Ed.), A New History of the Sermon, 19th Century. Liden: Brill. (2010).

Rhetoric and Democracy: Pedagogical and Political Practices. (Co-edited with Todd F. McDorman). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2008.

Courses Taught:
- African American Rhetoric
- Citizenship: Building Communities
- Classical Rhetoric
- Communication Theory
- Cultures and Traditions
- Legal Debate
- Political Communication
- Political Debate
- Public Speaking
- Rhetoric of Film

Ph.D., Purdue University
M.Div. Denver Seminary
B.A., U.C.L.A.

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 107 Wallace Hall