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David M. Timmerman

Academic Biography:
David Timmerman has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from U.C.L.A, a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary, and a Ph.d in Communication from Purdue University. He taught as a member of the Rhetoric Department at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He also served there both as Department Chair and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. 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:
Most of my scholarship has focused on the development of rhetoric in ancient Greece during the classical period. Most recently this work has been directed toward the relationship between the development of rhetoric and democratic practice. I also have interest and published work in political communication and religious rhetoric. I have also recently engaged in collaborative work with students, investigating the intersection of rhetoric, ethnicity, and humor. I currently serve on the editorial board for the Journal of Communication and Religion and on the review board of Rhetoric Review.

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. (Forthcoming).

Review of The Genuine Teachers of This Art: Rhetorical Education in Antiquity, by Jeffrey Walker. Invited review for Rhetoric & Public Affairs 13 (2013): 216-219.

Review of Socrates’ Daimonic Art: Love for Wisdom in Four Platonic Dialogues, Elizabeth S. Belfiore, Cambridge UP, 2012. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.01.54.

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.

Christian Pacifism and the Prophetic Voice: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Peace Address. Journal of Communication and Religion 28 (2005): 153-171.

Courses Taught:
- African American Rhetoric
- Analysis of Mass Media
- Classical Rhetoric
- Communication Theory
- Cultures and Traditions
- Legal Debate
- Political Communication
- Political Debate
- Public Speaking
- Rhetoric of Film

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

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 107 Wallace Hall