Learn, Innovate and Connect: Global Learning Technology Conference

Keynote Speaker

Ronald C. Arnett (Ph.D., Ohio University, 1978) is chair and professor of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University, and is also the university’s Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence. As chair, he has developed the IMC curriculum at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, informed by the department’s dual mission of “Walking the Humanities into the Marketplace” and “The Ethical Difference.”

Dr. Arnett is the author/co-author of six books and three edited books, including Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (with Leeanne M. Bell and Janie M. Harden Fritz, Sage, 2009). He received the 2006 Everett Lee Hunt Award for Outstanding Scholarship for Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer’s Rhetoric of Responsibility (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). Additionally, he has two books in press: the forthcoming Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope, (Southern Illinois University Press), and An Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning (with Annette M. Holba, Peter Lang). He has authored more than seventy scholarly articles and essays and was the recipient of the 1999 and1979 Article of the Year Awards from the Religious Communication Association.


In 2010, Dr. Arnett was awarded the Elizabeth G. Andersch Award from the School of Communication Studies at his alma mater, Ohio University, and in 2011, was named to the Collegium of Fellows of the International Communicology Institute.  Dr. Arnett is the immediate past editor of the Review of Communication and the current executive director of the Eastern Communication Association.