Faculty Member, Communication
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
I am Professor of Communication Studies at Grand Valley State University. I am Past-Editor of the journal Explorations in Media Ecology (2008-2010), and am Past-Chair of the Semiotics and Communication Division of the National Communication Association. I am a Fellow of the International Communicology Institute, and currently serve on the Board of Directors for Media Ecology Association and on the Board of Trustees for Institute of General Semantics. My books include Selfhood and Authenticity (SUNY Press), the Sources of Significance: Worldly Rejuvenation and Neo-Stoic Heroism (Purdue University Press), Communication Uncovered: General Semantics and Media Ecology (Institute of General Semantics) and the edited collection: Valuation and Media Ecology: Ethics, Morals, and Laws (Hampton Press).
My own work is a multi-disciplinary integration of, roughly, five scholarly traditions: dramatistic rhetoric (Kenneth Burke, Erving Goffman, and, Ernest Becker), existential phenomenology (Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau Ponty, early Mikhail M. Bakhtin as well as John Stewart, Drew Leder, and, Calvin O. Schrag), interactional semiotics (Gregory Bateson, R. D. Laing, Walker Percy, and, Anthony Wilden), humanistic communication theory, (Susanne K. Langer, John Dewey, Martin Buber, and, Lee Thayer), and finally, the New York, St. Louis & Toronto schools of media ecology (Marshall McLuhan, Walter J. Ong, Eric Havelock, Neil Postman, and David Olson).
I also am a juggler and I occasionally post rants and min-lectures on YouTube:
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