Adam Gaffey

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Educational Background
Ph.D. Communication, Texas A&M University (2013)
M.A. Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University (2008)
B.A. Communication, University of Minnesota-Duluth (2005)

Personal Statement
I joined the faculty at Winona State University in fall 2016. Professional and educational prospects led me to New York, Texas, and South Dakota, but I’m very glad to once again call Minnesota home. When not teaching classes or writing, I enjoy taking in the scenery of Bluff Country, trying my hand at amateur photography, and strumming a ukulele to my family’s amusement. Though the organization has disbanded, I remain a card-carrying member of the Corduroy Appreciation Club.

Professional Statement
To me, studying communication means learning how humans debate between competing ways of becoming better selves, sometimes in ways we had not imagined. As a student of rhetoric and public affairs, I’m interested in how political discourse (broadly defined) can influence the relationship between communities and institutions. To this end, my research is inclusive to a range of rhetorical expressions—from political speech to popular film. I’ve published research in "Southern Communication Journal," "Western Journal of Communication" and "Rhetoric & Public Affairs." My favorite topics for class discussion are presidential rhetoric, civil disobedience, and the many ways of living with technology.

Courses Taught

  • CMST 191: Introduction to Public Speaking
  • CMST 266: Professional Communication
  • CMST 283: Introduction to Rhetorical Studies
  • CMST 292: U.S. Multicultural Rhetoric (Civil Rights)
  • CMST 375: Argumentation
  • CMST 380: Communication Research Methods
  • CMST 485: Senior Seminar