Roger Davis Gatchet, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

E-mail: Roger Davis Gatchet, Ph.D.

Pronouns: he/him

Office: Wayne Hall 232
Phone: 610-436-1511

In-Person/Zoom Office Hours (Fall 2021): Monday 12-2 p.m. EST, Wednesday/Friday 12-1:30 p.m. EST, or by appointment (email Dr. Gatchet for the Zoom link)

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 completed oral history projects 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 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 CommunicationSouthern Communication Journal, and Oral History Review, as well as chapters in edited book collections. He is a coauthor of Argumentation and Debate: A Public Speaking Approach (3rd ed.), and 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. When he's not shepherding the honeybees in his backyard apiary, Dr. Gatchet enjoys bread baking, gardening, and playing blues harmonica.

Courses Taught

  • SPK 208 Public Speaking
  • COM 209 Principles and Practice of Public Speaking I
  • COM 213 Public Communication
  • COM 309 Principles and Practice of Public Speaking II
  • COM 344 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COM 399 Directed Studies in Public Memory
  • COM 501 Theoretical Perspectives on Human Communication
  • COM 508 Special Topics Seminar in Rhetoric and Popular Culture
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