Colleen E. Kelley, Ph.D.

Colleen E. Kelley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emerita of Rhetoric and Communication, Communication

Mailing Address:
ERIE PA 16563

Dr. Colleen E. Kelley received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Oregon. She retired as a tenured associate professor of rhetoric and communication at Penn State Behrend. Her teaching areas included public address, rhetorical and communication theory, political communication, intercultural communication, and gender issues in communication.

Her research interests include political communication-particularly the influence of the "religious right" on American politics, peace and communication, and ethics and communication.

Courses Taught

  • CAS 100A, Effective Speech
  • CAS 201, Rhetorical Theory
  • CAS 202, Introduction to Communication Theory
  • CAS 375, Rhetoric and Public Controversy
  • CAS 402, Speech and Human Behavior
  • CAS 411, Rhetorical Criticism (formerly COMMU 416)
  • CAS 426W, Communication Ethics
  • CAS/WMNST 455, Gender Roles in Communication
  • CAS 471, Intercultural Communication Theory and Research
  • CAS 478, Contemporary American Political Rhetoric
  • COMM 110, Media and Democracy
  • COMM 403, Law of Mass Communications
  • COMM 494, Research Project Courses (formerly COMMU 494)
  • COMM 495, Internship (formerly COMMU 495)
  • WMNST 301, Introduction to Feminist Thought
  • WMNST 400, Feminist Theory
  • WMNST 455, Gender Roles in Communication
  • WMNST 496B, Annual Women Campaign 2004
  • WMNST 496C, Research and Curriculum Development
  • political rhetoric
  • rhetoric of science
  • democracy and rhetoric
  • freedom of speech
  • social/new media

A Rhetoric of Divisive Partisanship: The 2016 American Presidential Campaign Discourse of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump - February 15, 2018

Coming Together for a Better World - April 15, 2013
Collaborators: Anna Eblen, Co-Author; Array Array; Array Array

Understanding a Life Story - April 15, 2013
Collaborator: Anna Eblen, Co-Author

Post-9-11 American Presidential Rhetoric: A Study of Protofascist Discourse - 2007

With God on his side: Deconstructing the post-9/11 discourse of President George W. Bush, ANZCA - 2005

Talking in Harmony: Women Who Speak For Peace - 2002
Collaborator: Anna Eblen

The Rhetoric of Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Study in Crisis Management Discourse - 2001

Silencing the Voice of God: Rhetorical Responses to Promise Keepers, The Promise Keepers: Essays on Masculinity and Christianity - 2000

Thou Art Damned: Cursing As a Rhetorical Strategy of the Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, The Carolinas Speech Communication Annual - 1996

Taking It to the Classroom: Strategies for Re-claiming Citizenship Through Communication Education, Journal of the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association - 1993

Beyond Peace as ‘Not War’: The Search for a Transcendent Metaphor, Journal for Peace and Justice Studies - 1992

Taking It to the Classroom: Strategies for Re-Claiming Citizenship Through Communication, ED - 1992

Peacemaking Through Communication - 1991
Collaborator: Rodney Troester

Opinion on Gorbachev, The Penn Stater - 1991

Republican Campaign Rhetoric: Reflections of a Meaner, Tougher America, The Howard Journal of Communication - 1991
Collaborator: Rodney Troester

Bad Men ‘Speaking’ Well: A Case Study of Political Campaign Ethics, ED 324261 - 1990

The DOT and Transportation of Hazardous Waste: The Effects of Procedural Rules on Public Discourse, Resources in Education - 1990

Peace Communication Research and the SCA Journals, ED 313734 - 1989

Republican Campaign Rhetoric: Reflections of a Meaner, Tougher America, ED 328922 - 1989
Collaborator: Rodney Troester

First Amendment Rights of Nineteenth Century American Women, Virginia Journal of Communication - December, 1988

Soviet SDI Rhetoric: The ‘Evil Empire’ Vision of Mikhail Gorbachev, ED 294273 - 1988

The Public Rhetoric of Mikhail Gorbachev: The Promise of Peace, Western Journal of Speech Communication - October, 1988

The 1984 Campaign Rhetoric of Representative George Hansen: a Pentadic Analysis, Western Journal of Speech Communication - April, 1987

Communication and the Aging Experience: A Course Proposal, Communication Education - 1986

Ph D, Rhetoric/Communication, University of Oregon

MS, Rhetoric/Communication, University of Oregon

BS, Anthropology/Sociology, Eastern Oregon College