Craig Pinkerton

Craig Pinkerton

Visiting Assistant Professor
Position Type
- Present

“Students hone their public speaking and argumentation skills by doing dynamic in-class speaking activities, games, and impromptu debates. We engage in lively conversation and discussion in small groups and as a whole class on issues and topics that matter to the course and the modern public sphere.”

Dr. Pinkerton is a educator and scholar of communication with an emphasis in Rhetorical Studies. He has 14 years experience in higher education delivering engaging courses for face-to-face, hybrid, and completely online formats and building high-impact, place-based, service-learning programs with an emphasis in civic engagement. He has 4 years experience teaching and researching in Thailand. His current research is focused on understanding humanizing and dehumanizing communication practices in public discourse.

He has taught a wide variety of subjects on communication, including Introduction to Communication, Principles of Public Relations and Advertising, Critical Analysis of Messages, Rhetorical Analysis and Criticism, Communication and Persuasion, Modern Presentation Techniques, Public Speaking, Speaking in Mediated Contexts, Marketing Communication, Communication Consulting and Training, Political Communication, Communication and Campaigning, Argumentative Analysis and Advocacy, Communication in Public Advocacy, Gender and Communication, Interpersonal Conflict Management, Interpersonal Communication, Heroes and Villains in Public Discourse, and Special Topics in Media Studies.

He has won over fifteen academic awards and honors, including the prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) and a top paper award for political communication scholarship from the largest and most competitive division of the International Communication Association (ICA).

Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Ohio University

Learning & Teaching

  • COMM 101: Public Address
  • COMM 115: Heroes and Villains
  • COMM 215: Special Topics in Media: Inquiries into Being Human Together and Apart
  • COMM 215: Argumentation in the Public Sphere
  • COMM 315: Contemplations on Digital Culture
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