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David Foster

Visiting Instructor of Communication

The central tenets of my teaching philosophy include employment of a variety of pedagogically-sound teaching methods, a student-centered approach and an attempt to balance an emphasis on theory with an emphasis on the improvement of students’ practical communication skills. Being a student-centered instructor, I use a variety of teaching methods and pedagogical approaches to enhance student engagement.”

David Foster is a Visiting Instructor of Communication at FSC. Active in the National Communication Association, the Central States Communication Association, the Southern States Communication Association and the Ohio Communication Association, he has published works in numerous scholarly journals. Among them are the American Communication Journal, Communication Teacher, the Journal of Public Advocacy, the Ohio Communication Journal, The Teaching Professor and The Forensic. Also, he has presented numerous convention papers, including papers at the National Communication Association, the Central States Communication Association, the Southern States Communication Association and the Ohio Communication Association conventions. Most recently he published “Setting the Stage for Failure: How Lincoln’s Earlier Public Discourse on Slavery Nullified the Effectiveness of his First Inaugural Address” in the American Communication Journa l (Winte r, 2008). His book "Repackaging Republican Appeals: The Use of Propaganda by Conservative Presidential Candidates in the Years Between 1968 and 2008" was published in by Common Ground Publishing in 2013.

Education

Kent State University, Kent OH, Coursework toward Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Communication, Course sampling included Interpersonal Communication, Attitude Change, British and American Public Address, Research Methods in Communication, Intercultural Communication, Interaction Analysis, Communication Research and Systems of Psychology. University Of Akron, Akron OH, M.A. Communication and Rhetoric Course sampling included Communication Theory, Theories of Group Processes, Rhetorical Criticism, Rhetorical Forms, Intercultural Communication and Communication Research. University Of Akron, Akron OH, B.A. Communication and Rhetoric Course sampling included Theories of Argument, Argumentation, Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Ethical Persuasion, Organizational Communication, Public Discussion, Rhetorical Theory, American Speeches and Contemporary Speeches. Recipient of the Betty Lichtenwalter Scholarship for the Outstanding Communication Student at UA (1976).

Honors and Awards

Reviewed manuscripts and served as a member of the Editorial Board of the American Communication Journal from March 2011 to present. 

Reviewed manuscripts and served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Ohio Communication Journal for 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 and from 2013-present. 

Chaired a panel entitled “Connecting to Politics: Competitive Papers on Media and the Electorate” at the 72nd annual meeting of the Ohio Communication Association at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio on October 4, 2008.

Served as a Reviewer for Interpersonal Communication by Campbell-Eichhorn, Thomas-Maddox, and Bekelja-Wanzer (2008), McCornack’s Reflect and Relate: An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (2007), Jones, Remland and Sanford’s Interpersonal Communication Through the Life Span (2007) and Osborn and Osborn’s Public Speaking (7th edition) 2006. 

Served on a panel entitled “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” as part of The University of Findlay’s Fall Faculty Development Workshops which were a part of the university’s Fall Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday August 23, 2006. 

Served as a Reviewer for papers submitted to the Argumentation and Forensics Division for the 2003 annual National Communication Association convention in Miami Beach, FL in November 2003.
 
Had my article “A Method of Comparing Follower Satisfaction with the Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-faire Styles of Leadership (initially published in the Communication Teacher 16, 2, (4-6), reprinted in the Instructor’s Resource Materials for Stephen Lucas’s The Art of Public Speaking (eighth edition). 
 
Presented “Some Fighting Words from the General: An Analysis of the Locker-Room Rhetoric of Bobby Knight” at The University of Findlay’s “Academic Excellence Day” in November 2003.
 
Chaired a panel that was chosen “TOP PANEL” in the Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Division at the 2001 meeting of the Central States Communication Association convention in Cincinnati, OH in April 2001.
 
Presented “Presidential Debates: Some Lessons that Could be Learned from Intercollegiate Debating” at The University of Findlay’s Academic Excellence Day in November 2001.
 
Reviewed manuscripts and served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Advocacy for the 2000 issue.
 

Served as Editor of the Journal of Public Advocacy for the 1999 issue. I was responsible for all facets of the journal’s production including the assembling of the editorial board, all contact with submitters/authors, assigning and coordinating all manuscript reviews, the making of final decisions regarding publication and layout and printing. 

Publications and Exhibitions

Book
Repackaging Republican Appeals: The Use of Propaganda by Conservative Presidential Candidates in the Years from 1968 Through 2012, Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing, 2013.
 
Book Review
Foster, D.E. (2010). Book Review of Joseph Hayden’s A Dubya in the Headlights:  President George W. Bush and the Media, Presidential Studies Quarterly. 40, 2, June 2010. 381-383.
 
Journal Articles
Foster, D.E. (2008). Setting the Stage for Failure: How Lincoln’s Earlier Public Discourse on Slavery Nullified the Effectiveness of his First Inaugural Address. American Communication Journal, 10, 4, Winter 2008.
 
Foster, D.E. (2006). Bush’s Use of the Terrorism and “Moral Values” Issues in his 2004 Presidential Campaign Rhetoric: An Instance of the Rhetorical Strategy of Polarization. Ohio Communication Journal, 44, October 2006, 33-60.  
 
Foster, D.E. (2004). In Defense of the Argument Culture: A Response to Recent Criticisms Against the Use of Adversarial Debate as a Method of Societal Decision-Making. The Forensic, 89, 1, 13–29. 
 
Foster, D.E. (2002). A Method of Comparing Follower Satisfaction with the Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-faire Styles of Leadership. Communication Teacher, 16, 2, 4-6.
 
Foster, D.E. (1999). Conducting Effective Class Discussions: Some Helpful Guidelines from the Art of Cross-Examination. The Journal of Public Advocacy, 4, 34-41.
    
Foster, D.E. (1998). National Presidential Debates: Some Lessons that Could be Learned from NEDA. The Journal of Public Advocacy, 3, 5-10.
 
Foster, D.E. (1993). Some Guidelines for More Effective Teaching. The Teaching Professor, 10, p.8.
 
Foster, D.E. (1992). In Defense of Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Individual Events Tournaments. The Forensic, 78, 14-20.
 
Foster, D.E. (1991). A Case for the Teaching of the Catastrophe Argument to Debaters and Argumentation Students. Ohio Speech Journal, 29, 33-37.

Foster, D.E. (1990). The Use of Warrant and Backing in Daniel Webster’s Seventh of March Address: An Illustration of Audience Adaptation. Ohio Speech Journal, 28, 83-94.