Judith Davis Hoover


*Ph.D., Indiana Univ., Bloomington, 1983, Speech Communication;

*MA, Western Kentucky Univ., 1979, Communication

*MA, Western Kentucky Univ., 1966, Majors: History and Government,

*BS, Murray State Univ., 1963, Major: Social Science Area,



2007, Retirement and appointment to Professor Emerita

2002, Spring Sabbatical Leave, Visiting Professor, Dept. of Management Communication, Waikato Management School, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand: Team Communication

1987-2007, Western Kentucky Univ., Professor (since 1995)

1983-1986, Vanderbilt University, Assistant Professor (3-year, non-tenure track position)

1963-1983, teacher, Adairville and Beaver Dam High Schools, adjunct faculty at Austin Peay State University, graduate teaching assistant at Indiana University.



“The Nashville Sit-Ins: Successful Nonviolent Direct Action Through Rhetorical Invention and Advocacy,” in Like Wild Fire: The Spread of the Sit-In Movement. (Chapel Hill, Univ. of North Carolina Press). In press.

“Civility in News Discourse: The Case of PBS’ Brooks and Shields.” (with Kimberly Meltzer) Electronic News, Vol. 8(3), 2014, 216-235.

“Dialogue: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future.” Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Vol. 40(3), Nov., 2011, 201-218.

“’Opening a Gap’ in Culture: Women’s Uses of The Compassionate Friends Website.” (with George Musambira and Sally Hastings). Women and Language, V. XXXII, 1, Spring, 2009, 82-91.

“’Miners Starve, Idle or Working’: Working-Class Rhetoric of the Early Twentieth Century.” In Who Says? Working-Class Rhetoric, Class Consciousness, and Community. W. DeGenaro, (Ed). Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2007.

“Community as a Key to Healing After the Death of a Child.” (with Sally Hastings and George Musambira). Communication & Medicine. 2007.

“Bereavement, Gender, and Cyberspace: A Content Analysis of Parents’ Memorials to their children.” (with George Musambira and Sally Hastings). Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying. V. 54, 4, 2007, 263-279..

“’In My Heart for Eternity’: Normalizing Messages to the Deceased.” (with Sally Hastings and George Musambira). Storytelling, Self, and Society, V. 1, 2, 2005, 11-26.

“Crossing Academic and Social Boundaries: Making Ourselves Useful.” American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 45, #7, March, 2002, 1135-1144.

Effective Small Group and Team Communication.. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace & Co., 2002, 2nd ed. Published by Thomson Wadsworth, 2004.

Corporate Advocacy: Rhetoric in the Information Age. (Ed.) Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Quorum Books, April, 1997.

"The Political Correctness Controversy Revisited: Retreat from Argumentation and Reaffirmation of Critical Dialogue." (with Leigh Anne Howard). American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 38, #7, June/July, 1995.

"Ronald Reagan's Failure to Secure Contra-Aid: A Post-Vietnam Shift in Foreign Policy Rhetoric." Presidential Studies Quarterly: Vol. 24, #3, Summer, 1994.

"The Japanese Trade Imbalance: The Corporate Advocacy of Lee Iacocca." I Gotta Tell You: The Speeches of Lee Iacocca. Matthew Seeger, Ed. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1994.

"Reconstruction of the Rhetorical Situation in 'Letter From Birmingham Jail,'" Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse, John L. Lucaites and Carolyn Calloway Thomas, Eds. Tuscaloosa: U. of Alabama Press, 1993.

"'Big Boys Don't Cry: The Values Constraint in Apologia," Southern Communication Journal LIV (Spring, 1989): 235-252.

"An Early Use of Television as a Political Tool: The 1961 News Conferences of President John F. Kennedy and the Republican Opposition," The Journal of Popular Film and Television 16, 1(Spring, 1988): 41-48.

"Between Times: Nineteenth Century Values in the Twentieth Century," The Southern Quarterly, XXIV(Spring, 1986): 49-57.

"The Slavery Question: A Sectional Dilemma and Demagogue's Delight," The Speech Communication Assn. of Pennsylvania Annual XL, 2(1984): 17-33.



Sixty-five conference presentations to professional associations including the National Communication Association and the Southern, Eastern, Western and Central States Communication Associations, the World Communication Association, the International Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research, the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, and the Gettysburg Conference on the Rhetorical Transactions of the Civil War Era. International presentations made in Brisbane, Australia; Banff, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, Canada; San Jose, Costa Rica; Kings College, London; Gregynog, Wales; Maynooth, Ireland; Santander, Spain; Stockholm, Sweden; Lima, Peru; and Hamilton, New Zealand