Cowperthwaite Lecture

Created in 1984 to honor the service of Dr. L. LeRoy Cowperthwaite, Director of the Kent State University School of Speech from 1954 to 1983, The L. LeRoy Cowperthwaite Communication Lecture Series is an opportunity for graduate students to meet a renowned communication scholar. The School of Communication studies invites a scholar to campus for a one-week visit to present the Cowperthwaite Lecture and teach a graduate seminar in his/her area of expertise.

  • 2019 Zizi Papacharissi, Technology as Architecture: Sociality, Polity, and the Art of Life, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • 2018 Paul M. Leonardi, Visible: Spying, Eavesdropping, and Innovation in the Digital Age, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2016 Dawn O. Braithwaite, 100 Years of Communication and Counting, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2014 Patrice Buzzanell, Taking a Sideways Glance at Mentoring, Purdue University
  • 2012 David Ewoldsen, Cultivation theory: Multiple perspectives, Ohio State University
  • 2011 Walid Afifi, Uncertainty and its management in the context of community-wide trauma: Implications for well-being, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2010 Mary Beth Oliver, Pennsylvania State University  
  • 2009 Austin Babrow, Communication and Uncertainty, Ohio University
  • 2008 Daniel J. Canary, Communication and Relational Maintenance, Arizona State University
  • 2007 George Cheney, What do we mean when we say “Globalization”?, University of Utah
  • 2006 Young Yun Kim, From Ethnic to interethnic: The case for identity adaptation and transformation, University of Oklahoma
  • 2005 Joseph B. Walther, Communication and the Distribution of People and Information in Virtual Groups, Cornell University
  • 2004 Bradley S. Greenberg, From Pac Man to Grand Theft Auto: What’s with Video Games?, Michigan State University
  • 2003 Howard Giles, Talking Age & Aging Talk, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2002 James P. Dillard, Persuasion & Interpersonal Influence, University of Wisconsin
  • 2001 Ronald E. Rice, New Media Research & Theory, Rutgers University
  • 2000 David Seibold, Bridging Theory and Practice in Communication, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • 1999 Sandra Petronio, The Riddles of Privacy in the World of Communication, Arizona State University
  • 1998 Mark Knapp, The Truth About Lies, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1997 Everett M. Rogers, Research Fronts in Communication: An Evolutionary History, University of New Mexico
  • 1996 Brant R. Burleson, Viewing Personal Relationships as a Skilled Accomplishment, Purdue University
  • 1995 Nancy Signorielli, Cultivating Media Images, University of Delaware
  • 1994 James McCroskey, Communication Anxiety, Apprehension, and Compulsion, West Virginia University
  • 1993 Fredric M. Jablin, Organizational Communication: A Life, University of Texas-Austin
  • 1992 Jennings Bryant, Entertainment Theory, University of Alabama
  • 1991 Virginia Richmond, Power, Communication, Control, & Concerns in Organization, West Virginia University
  • 1990 Gary Cronkhite, New Directions in Persuasion Research, Indiana University
  • 1989 Marshall Scott Poole, Moving Group Communication Research into the Future: New Theories and New Technologies, University of Minnesota
  • 1988 Herbert W. Simons, Trashing Mediated Campaign Hype: Does/Can/Should Rhetorical Criticism Make a Difference?, Temple University
  • 1987 Linda Putnam, Generating Interesting Research Questions in Organizational Communication: Past Reflections and Future Directions, Purdue University
  • 1986 Robert Pepper, Telecommunications Policy: A Communication(s) Perspective, The Annenberg School of Communication
  • 1985 Orlando Taylor, Sociolinguistics and the Humanities, Howard University
  • 1984 J. Jeffery Auer, Who Cares Who Writes the President’s Speeches, Indiana University