Steven T. Gaines
PHD GRADUATE STUDENT, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Steven researches race, gender, and conflict in religious and organizational communication. His current projects investigate religious and political rhetoric in speeches and writings by Martin Luther King Jr., Victoria Woodhull, Marshall Keeble, and John Allen Chalk. Steven has taught several subjects, including public speaking, intercultural communication, organizational communication, and communication theory; and he has about 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and professional speaking.
MA in Communication, Abilene Christian University
MDiv in Homiletics, Harding School of Theology
Graduate Teaching Assistant in Communication, The University of Memphis, 2015-Present
Graduate Assistant in Homiletics, Harding School of Theology, 2014-2015
Adjunct Instructor of Communication, The University of Memphis, 2013
Guest Lecturer in Religious Studies, Spartanburg Methodist College, 2009-2010
Adjunct Instructor of Communication, University of South Carolina Upstate, 2007-2008
Assistant Director of Forensics, Instructor, and Adjunct Instructor of
Communication, Abilene Christian University, 2003-2007
Graduate Teaching Assistant in Communication, University of Oklahoma, 2002-2003
Graduate Teaching Assistant in Communication, Abilene Christian University, 2001-2002"
Honors and Awards
Michael and Suzanne Osborn Fellowship for the Study of Rhetoric and Public Address,
The University of Memphis, 2015-Present
Top Paper Award, Religious Communication Association, 2017
Top Paper Award, Tennessee Communication Association, 2016
Race and gender in religious rhetoric
Rhetorical leadership in organizational conflict and change
History of rhetoric, hermeneutics, and homiletics
"No Half Savior: Jarena Lee's Autobiography as Prophetic Rhetoric." Carolinas Communication Annual 33 (2017): 62-76.
"Redefining Preaching: A Beginning."" Res Rhetorica 4:3 (2017): 31-45.
"Review of From Generation to Generation: A Commemorative Collection of African American Millennial Sermons from the Festival of Preachers 2010-2015."" Homiletic 41:1 (2016): 87-88.
"Review of Building a Community of Interpreters: Readers and Hearers as Interpreters."" Homiletic 38:2 (2013): 66."
"Discarding the Constitution: Political and Religious Foundations in Victoria Woodhull's Presidential Campaign Rhetoric." Tennessee Communication Association Convention, Gallatin, TN, 2017.
"Daring to Prophesy: Kathy Pulley's 1984 Easter Sermon." Christian Scholars' Conference, Nashville, TN, 2017.
"Privileged Repentance in Prophetic Preaching." Christian Scholars' Conference, Nashville, TN, 2017.
"From Radio to Facebook: White Engagement with African American Rhetoric." Sacred Rhetoric Conference, Findlay, OH, 2017.
"An Unavoidable Sermon: John A. Scott's Response to Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination." Sacred Rhetoric Conference, Findlay, OH, 2017.
"Ethical Innovation in Religious Rhetoric: First Peter's Challenge to Household Codes." Southern States Communication Association Convention, Greenville, SC, 2017.
"No Half Savior: Spiritual Autobiography as Prophetic Rhetoric in the Testimony of Jarena Lee." National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA, 2016.
"Constrained Prophetic Rhetoric: White Fragility and Radio Sermons in the Summer of 1968." Tennessee Communication Association Convention, Dickson, TN, 2016. Top Graduate Student Paper.
"Antiracist Rhetoric in Sermons by John Allen Chalk." Christian Scholars' Conference, Nashville, TN, 2016.
"Moral Conflict in the First Sermon by a Woman in the Churches of Christ." Southern States Communication Association Convention, Austin, TX, 2016.
Gaines, S. T. (2005). Restoration review. In D. A. Foster, P. M. Blowers, A. L. Dunnavant, and D. N. Williams (Eds.), The encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (644). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
Gaines, S. T. (2013). Building a community of interpreters: Readers and hearers as interpreters by W. R. Dickhaut. Homiletic 38(2), 66.
Gaines, S. T. (2016). From generation to generation: A commemorative collection of African American millennial sermons from the Festival of Preachers 2010-2015 edited by W. L. Harrison-Jones. Homiletic 41(1), 87-88.
Fundamentals of Communication
Public Speaking / Oral Communication
Advanced Public Speaking
General Communication Theory
Business and Professional Communication
Special Topics (religious communication)