Department of Communication
Michael Osborn
osbornMichael Osborn is Professor Emeritus at the University of Memphis, retiring in 1995 after 30 years as professor and department chair at the University. He had taught previously at American University and the University of Iowa, where he returned some years later to teach a seminar as the A. Craig Baird Distinguished Visiting Professor. He also served as visiting professor at the Universities of North Carolina, California-Davis, New Mexico, and Vanderbilt. He served as president of the Southern States Communication Association and of the National Communication Association, and received the distinguished service awards from both organizations. He also served as chair of the board of Humanities Tennessee, on which he sat for many years as an appointee of the governor. In 1970 he was the nominee of the Democratic Party for the U. S. House of Representatives from Tennessee's Ninth District. His research has been recognized by the NCA's Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, the Charles H. Woolbert Award for research of enduring influence, and the Ehninger Award for sustained work in an area of rhetorical study. The Osborn Award is presented annually by SSCA recognizing a career in the Southern region balanced among scholarship, teaching and service. With Suzanne Osborn he has written Public Speaking, now in its ninth edition, published by Allyn/Bacon.

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