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Motter, Jeff Senior Instructor


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research overview

  • Motter’s research interests include Agrarian rhetorics, American studies, Democratic theory and praxis, environmental communication and social movements. He specializes in teaching human communication foundations and the rhetorics of rural America as well as public speaking. Motter’s work has been published in journals such as Argumentation & Advocacy, Quarterly Journal of Speech, China Media Research, Communication Studies and Philosophy & Rhetoric.


  • Agrarian Studies, Argumentation, American Studies, Political Rhetoric, Political Campaign Communication, Rhetorical Studies, Rural Rhetorics, Social Movements


courses taught

  • COMM 3000 - Issues in Communication
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores select issues in communication. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different issues. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 3300 - Rhetorical Foundations of Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides the rhetorical foundations of communication through study of the humanistic traditions of rhetorical theory, with applications to social interaction and message analysis.
  • COMM 3320 - Persuasion in Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Learn personal and professional skills to become more persuasive in a variety of communication contexts, and develop a broader and more critical understanding of the culture of persuasion that pervades all aspects of society.
  • COMM 3340 - Political Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides an overview of the role of communication in contemporary political life. Topics include political communication theories, political campaign communication, media and political communication, and the role of political communication in promoting democracy and public policy. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 4300 - Senior Seminar: Rhetoric
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
    Reviews current theory and research on rhetoric and culture.


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