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About James R. Phipps, Ph.D.

Dr. Phipps has been a member of the faculty at Cedarville since 1968, serving as Chair of the communications department for 36 years. He specializes in historical rhetoric, political rhetoric, storytelling, leadership, persuasion theory, interpersonal communication theory, and communication ethics. His research interests include identity rhetoric and crisis communication. He has interim pastored five churches during his time at Cedarville and spent 32 years as the radio Voice for Cedarville Athletics. He was mayor of the Village of Cedarville for 16 years and serves on many county boards.


Present Senior Professor of Communications, Cedarville University Department of Communication

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Honors and Awards

  • Teaching Effectiveness Award, Cedarville University - 2013
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Cedarville College - 1985
  • Greene County (Ohio) Business Development Award - 2007
  • NAIA Wally Schwartz Award for Faculty Athletic Representative of the Year - 2004
  • Dean's Award, Cedarville University - 2006
  • Meritorious Service Award, Greene County Community Action Agency - 2014


  • Event Planning
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • Clinical Methods in Teaching Speech
  • Communication Ethics
  • History of Public Address
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • History of Mass Media
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Persuasive Theory
  • Storytelling


1975 Ph.D., The Ohio State University
1970 M.A., The Ohio State University
1968 B.A., Cedarville College

Contact Information

Department of Communication
Cedarville University
PAT 101


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