Dr. Leroy G. Dorsey, professor and chair of the Department of Communication, was elected Rhetoric and
Public Address Chairperson for the Tennessee Communication Association. As chairperson, Dr. Dorsey will be responsible for planning and proposing programs
related to his interest group’s specialized area of communication.
Affiliated with the National Communication Association, TCA is a professional organization comprised of members from institutions across
the state, which serves as the voice of communication scholars, faculty, and students in Tennessee.
Appointment to this position is a great honor that acknowledges Dr. Dorsey’s authority
on the topic of rhetoric and public speech. His research examines symbols used by
political figures to promote their legislative agendas, shape their identities as
morally sound advocates, and transform their audiences into seemingly active agents
poised to support particular agendas.
Dr. Dorsey’s most notable contributions involve public speech of the presidency. His
most recent book, We Are All Americans, Pure and Simple: Theodore Roosevelt and the Myth of Americanism, examined Roosevelt and how he used the frontier myth of national origin to create
standards for non-whites and immigrants to achieve before they could be identified
as Americans in his recent book.