Dr. Scott M. Welsh

Contact and Overview

Email Address


Office Hours

By appointment


Ph.D., Communication and Culture, Indiana Univeristy (2007)
M.A., Communication and Culture, Indiana University (2000)
B.A., Communication and Philosophy, Taylor University (1996)


Currently Teaching (Fall 2020)

COM 3929 Rhetorical Theory & Criticism

Teaching Specialties

Rhetorical Theory
History of Rhetoric
Rhetoric and Democracy
American Public Address

Professional Affiliations or Organizations

National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America

Research Interests

Rhetoric in Democracy
Rhetorical Theory
Contemporary American Political Discourse
Rhetoric and American Pragmatism



Welsh, Scott. The Rhetorical Surface of Demoracy: How Deliberative Ideals Undermine Democratic Politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.
See Rhetoric Society Quarterly and Rhetoric & Public Affairs for recent reviews.


Welsh, Scott. "Giving Way on One's Desire: Response to Fuller." Philosophy & Rhetoric 46, No 1 (2013): 114-121.

Welsh, Scott. "Coming to Terms with the Antagonism Between Rhetorical Reflection and Political Agency." Philosophy & Rhetoric 45, No 1 (2012): 1-23.

Welsh, Scott. "Deliberative Democracy and the Rhetorical Production of Political Culture." Rhetoric and Public Affairs 5, no. 4 (2002): 679-708.

Title: Chair & Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2607

Office address
Walker Hall 143