Dr. Scott M. Welsh

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Office Hours

Monday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. • 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. • 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

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


Currently Teaching (Spring 2024)

COM 1200 Thinking Through Communication

Courses Taught

COM 3929 Rhetorical Theory & Criticism

Teaching Specialties

Rhetorical Theory
History of Rhetoric
Rhetoric and Democracy
American Public Address

Professional Affiliations and 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 Democracy: How Deliberative Ideals Undermine Democratic Politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.


  • Martha McCaughey and Scott Welsh, “The Shadow Curriculum of Student Affairs” Academe, Volume 107, Number 4, Fall 2021.
  • Martha McCaughey and Scott Welsh, “University Professors after the US Capitol Riot: When Becoming Part of the Solution is Part of the Problem” Heterodox: The Blog, June 9, 2021.
  • Martha McCaughey and Scott Welsh, What is the Scholar’s Role in Apocalyptic Times? Europe Now Journal, Issue 32, March 10, 2020.
  • Scott Welsh and Laura Leavitt, “Argument Without Debate: Rorty’s VichianTheory of Rhetorical Invention,” in Reinventing Rhetoric Scholarship, edited by Roxanne Mountford and Dave Tell. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2020.
  • Scott Welsh, “Democracy and Rhetoric: John Dewey on the Arts of Becoming” by Nathan Crick (Review). Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Volume 17,  Number 2, 2014.
  • 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: Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2607

Office address
Walker Hall 240