John Bakke is Professor Emeritus at the University of Memphis, and a respected and
successful political communication consultant and media political analyst in the Mid-South.
He has served as Communication and Research Director for numerous Tennessee campaigns
including those for Congressmen Harold Ford, Sr. & Jr., Governor Don Sundquist, and
Mayors Bill Morris, AC Wharton, and Mark Luttrell. He was a member of the Department
of Communication from 1967 to 1999, serving 9 years as Chair. Bakke founded courses
in Political and Interracial Communication and designed the original university-wide
requirement in Oral Communication and the Department's Ph.D. Program. He received
a Tennessee Speech Communication Award in 1990 for Communication Educator of the Year
and in 1993 as Communicator of the Year. In 2006, Bakke received the University of
Memphis' Martin Luther King Human Rights Award. He earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and
Public Address from The University of Iowa in 1966.
Dissertations in Rhetoric
and Public Address
The Public Address Conference