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A. David Payne
Associate Professor and Interim Chair

A. David  Payne

Rhetorical theory and Criticism

Office: CIS 3054
Phone: 813/974-2145

Dr. Payne joined the faculty in 1988. Dr. Payne's research interests include critical methodology, contemporary rhetorical theory, and the discourse of individual identity in popular American film.

Undergraduate Course Offerings

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Advanced Public Speaking
  • Rhetorical Analysis of the Mass Media
  • Rhetorical Theory

Graduate Course Offerings

  • Communication Aesthetics
  • The Rhetoric of Everyday Life
  • Rhetorical Analysis of Film
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Ethnographic Approaches to Rhetoric
  • Postmodern Rhetoric

Representative Publications

  • "Autobiology." Composing Ethnography. A. Bochner and C. Ellis, (eds). Altamira Press, 1996.

  • "Characterology, Media, and Rhetoric". Communication, Culture, and Consciousness: Walter Ong's Contributions to American Cultural Studies (eds. B. Gronbeck, T. Farrell, and P. Soukup).

  • The Wizard of Oz: Therapeutic Rhetoric in Contemporary Media Ritual.Quarterly journal of Speech,. 75 (1989):25-39. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1991, pp. 223-236.

  • Coping With Failure: The Therapeutic Uses of Rhetoric Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1989.


Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Recognaition Award (from Graduate Communication Assoication), 1989, 1997, 2001
  • Senior Class Outstanding Teacher Awards, 1992
  • Teaching Incentive Program Award, USF, 1994.
  • Service Recognition Award, Undergraduate Communication Council, 1989


Ph.D., Speech Communication, University of Iowa, 1982

Current Courses

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