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Gerard A. Hauser
Gerard HauserGerard A. Hauser is College Professor of Distinction and professor of Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his BA in English at Canisius College and his MA and PhD in Speech at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the history of rhetorical theory, the role of rhetoric in a democracy, dissident rhetoric, and the interaction between formal and vernacular rhetorics in the public sphere. His publications include Introduction to Rhetorical Theory, Vernacular Voices: The Rhetoric of Publics and Public Spheres, Prisoners of Conscience: Moral Vernaculars of Political Agency (in press), three edited volumes, and numerous research articles on the subject of rhetorical theory and criticism.
He is a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association (NCA) and a Fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA). He is recipient of NCA’s Marie Hochmuth Nichols Book Award, RSA’s Charles Kneupper Outstanding Article Award, RSA’s George E. Yoos Distinguished Service Award. Other distinctions include Campus Compact’s Intermountain West Engaged Scholar Award, the Gerard A. Hauser Prize for Undergraduate Research established by Penn State, and the Gerard A. Hauser Graduate Scholarship for outstanding graduate student paper established by RSA. He was a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Rhetoric at the University of Cape Town (2004). He is recipient of Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award. He has directed numerous doctoral dissertations, master’s theses, and undergraduate honors theses, including three doctoral dissertations that were recipients of NCA’s Gerald R. Miller Award for Distinguished Dissertation Research. He is a past president of the Rhetoric Society of America and was founding chair of the Alliance of Rhetoric Societies. Currently he is editor of Philosophy and Rhetoric. Before joining the faculty at CU Boulder, he served on The Pennsylvania State University faculty for 24 years.

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