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Catherine H. Palczewski, Ph.D.

University of Northern Iowa
Department of Communication Studies and the Women's and Gender Studies Program
mailing address: Lang 341, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0139

e-mail address:

Spring 2014 office hours:

Tues: 2:00-5:00, 8:20-8:50

Weds: 2:00-3:00, 8:20-8:50

Thurs: 2:00-3:00

No office hours February 20-21, March 27-28, April 1, 10-11

If these times do not work, feel free to call (319.273.2714) or email to make an appointment

Courses taught:

48C:001: Oral Communication

48C:074: Argumentation & Debate: (offered every fall)

COMM 4446/5446 (was 48C:113g): Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric

48C:123: Rhetorical Theory

Comm 4216/5216 (was 48C:160g) Political Communication:

48C:160g Political Communication: (fall 2002)

link to 2002 paper draft (The paper was accepted for presentation at the 2003 NCA in Miami and published in the Iowa Journal of Communication)

COMM 4346/5346 (was 48C:153g) Gender Issues in Communication

COMM 4271/5271 (was 48C:176g): Freedom of Speech

48C:189g: Rhetorical Criticism

COMMGRAD6001 Graduate Seminar in Communication Studies

48C:222: Seminar in Communication: Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

COMMGRAD6042 Seminar in Communication: Visual Rhetorics

COMM 6022 (was 48C:236:03): Critical Methods

680:040:01 Women's and Gender Studies: Introduction

WGS 6289:01 (was 680:289:01) Graduate Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories

other links

Palczewski Suffrage Postcard Archive (updated)

Discussion criteria

This link explains the criteria I use to grade discussion.

General Information on classroom policies:

This link explains late assignment, ADA and other policies governing classroom management.

Alta Keynote Images

Argumentation and Advocacy I recently completed my term as co-editor of the journal of the American Forensic Association. For information on the journal and its editorial policy, please access this link.

AFA/NCA Biennial Conference on Argumentation. I am directing the 2013 conference and editing the selected works volume produced by the conference. For more information, see the Alta Conferene website.




academic biography:

My research specialties include: rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist theory and criticism, political communication, social movements, and argumentation theory. Within these areas, I especially focus on the rhetorical constructions and implications of speaking from the margin. My own projects include an analysis of 1909 anti-suffrage postcards, a study of the anti-pornography movement, an analysis of Native American legal argument, and an exploration of the way cyber-movements function. I presently am working on the second edition of a textbook on gender in communication, Communicating Gender Diversity: A Critical Approach (Sage, 2007) with Dr. Victoria DeFrancisco. I also recently co-authored a rhetoric and citizenship textbook, Rhetoric in Civic Life, with my UNI colleague Professor John Fritch and St. John's University Professor Richard Ice. If you are interested in examining a complete list of my publications, feel free to link to a list of them.

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