Assistant ProfessorE-mail: Roger Davis Gatchet, Ph.D.
Office: Wayne Hall 232
Office Hours (Fall 2018): MWF 9:30-10:50 a.m., Th 9:30-11:30 a.m., or by appointment
Dr. Gatchet holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and he completed both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Language at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches undergraduate courses in public speaking, communication theory, and rhetorical theory and criticism. At the graduate level, he also teaches seminars that survey foundational theories of communication and rhetorical approaches to studying popular culture.
Dr. Gatchet's research focuses on the rhetoric of public memory and popular culture, as well as oral history. He has spent the past decade interviewing blues musicians in Austin, Texas through partnerships with the Project in Interpreting the Texas Past and Baylor University's Institute for Oral History, which awarded him the Charlton Oral History Research Grant in 2014-2015. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Oral History Association's Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award. His current project focuses on the history and rhetoric of civil rights tourism in the state of Mississippi.
Dr. Gatchet's research has appeared in journals such as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Western Journal of Communication, Southern Communication Journal, and Oral History Review, as well as chapters in edited collections. In 2018, he was the co-recipient of the Western States Communication Association's B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article Award. He is also a contributing writer and music critic for the magazine Living Blues. Dr. Gatchet is the faculty advisor for WCU's Gamma Tau chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association's student honor society. In his free time he enjoys bread baking, gardening, and playing blues harmonica.