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About C. Wesley Buerkle

I came to ETSU in the fall of 2005. My research and teaching focus on rhetoric, the study of public messages. More specifically, I am interested in issues of gender and sexuality as represented and defined in our culture, usually media. The courses I have and do offer include Rhetoric & Public Address, Rhetorical Criticism, Persuasion, Communication Ethics, Foundations of Communication Studies, and Argumentation & Debate. Additionally I have taught courses relative to my research on Masculinity Studies, Contemporary Theories of Power and Sexuality, and Gender & Sexuality in the Media. 

Positions

Present Associate Professor & Communication Studies Program Head, East Tennessee State University Communication and Performance, College of Arts and Sciences
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Grants

2016 - 2017 Innovating the Oral Communication Classroom
Instructional Development Committee, East Tennessee State University
$4,015
2014 - 2015 Using Peer Modeling to Reduce Students’ Inadvertent Plagiarism
Research Development Committee, East Tennessee State University
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Chris Gearhart
$1,470
2013 - 2014 Strategies to Reduce Students’ Inadvertent Plagiarism
Instructional Development Committee, East Tennessee State University
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Carrie M. Oilveira
$5,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Immediate Past-Chair, Kenneth Burke Society of the Southern States Communication Association
Present Member, National Communication Association
Present Member, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender
Present Editorial Board Member, Southern Communication Journal
Present Member, Southern States Communication Association
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Honors and Awards

  • May 2000 - Master’s Student Research Award, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University
  • November 2000 - Top Paper, Kenneth Burke Society, National Communication Association
  • April 2001 - Top Student Paper, Popular Communication Division, Southern States Communication Association
  • April 2003 - Top Paper/Top Student Paper. Gender Studies Division, Southern States Communication Association
  • November 2003 - Top Paper Panelist [no top paper awarded]. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Communication Studies Division. National Communication Association
  • April 2005 - Top Paper Panelist. Rhetoric and Public Address, Southern States Communication Association
  • May 2005 - Ann Veronica Simon Award for Outstanding Feminist Dissertation. Louisiana State University
  • 2012-2016 - Chair’s Award. Department of Communication & Performance, East Tennessee State University
  • 2017 - Top Paper Panelist. Popular Communication, Southern States Communication Association

Courses

  • Argumentation and Debate (Undergraduate Course)
  • Rhetoric & Public Address (Undergraduate Course)
  • Popular Communication (Undergraduate Course)
  • Rhetorical Criticism (Undergraduate Course)
  • Gender and Communication (Undergraduate Course)
  • Persuasion (Undergraduate Course)
  • Gender and Sexuality in Media (Graduate Course)
  • Gender and Communication (Graduate Course)
  • Popular Communication (Graduate Course)
  • Rhetoric & Public Address (Graduate Course)

Education

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2004 PhD, Speech Communication, Louisiana State University
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2000 MA, Communication, Arizona State University
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1997 BA, Communication, Biola University
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Contact Information

PO Box 70667
Johnson City, TN 37614

Office: Warf-Pickel 519D
Phone: 423-439-7579

Email:


Publications (5)

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