Dr. William N. Denman Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus Doctorate earned at Ohio University–June 1974.
Joined Marshall faculty in August, 1965; retired from full-time teaching in December, 2003.
Received the College of Liberal Arts 2002-2003 Distinguished Service Award for his 36 years of service to the University.
A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Denman earned his BA and MA degrees from California State University at Los Angeles. His Ph.D. was earned at Ohio University. He joined the Marshall Department of Speech in 1965 and retired from full-time teaching in December of 2003. He continues to teach part-time for the Department of Communication Studies and for the Honors Program. In his early years at Marshall he served as Director of Debate and Director of Forensics, and handled the stage direction for three musical productions.
He received the College of Liberal Arts 2002-2003 Distinguished Service Award for his years of service to the University which included service as Director of the Society of Yeager Scholars, chair of Communication Studies, and Interim Director of the Integrated Science and Technology Program in the College of Science.
His teaching interests have included rhetorical theory, persuasive communication, public speaking, professional presentations, communication in social movements, and media and society. His scholarly interests include work on the debates over intervention or isolationism before World War II. His work “Rhetoric, the ‘Citizen-Orator,’ and the Revitalization of Civic Discourse in American Life”, written while serving as the third Fellow of the John Deaver Drinko Academy for American Political Institutions and Civic Culture, appeared in the volume Rhetorical Education in America published in 2004 by the University of Alabama Press.
CMM 677, Special Topics: Propaganda syllabus
Isolationists and Interventionists: Citizen Activism over American Participation in World War II
Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture-American Culture Association; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; November 2007.
Voices from Europe on the Coming of War, 1937-1941: Print Journalists Try to Inform America
Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South; Jacksonville, Florida; September 2007.
H.V. Kaltenborn, the Munich Crisis of 1938, and the Coming of Age of Radio News
American Culture Association; Boston, Massachusetts; April 2007.
Not Quite a Newsreel, not Quite a Documentary: The March of Time and its Controversial Broadcast “Inside Nazi Germany”
Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South; Savannah, Georgia; October 2006.
America’s Town Meeting of the Air: Democracy by Discussion
American Culture Association; Atlanta, Georgia; April 2006.