Kassian A. Kovalcheck
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Communication Studies and Theater
Office: 213F Calhoun Hall
- B.A.Wabash College, 1965
- M.A., Ph.D. Indiana University, 1967, '72
- Political debate in Northern Ireland
- American Labor rhetoric
- First amendment values
- The development of the idea of liberty
- CMST 222, Rhetorical Criticism
- CMST 223, Values in American Communication
- CMST 100, Public Speaking
- CMST 201, Persuasion
- CMST 294, The Rhetoric of Irish Nationalism
- CMST 295, Rhetoric of Economics
- Curriculum Committee
- Parliamentarian of Senate
- Faculty Marshal
- National Communication Association
- Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, Vanderbilt University, 1987.
- Ernest G. Jones Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, College of Arts and Science, Vanderbilt University, 1987.
- Alumni Education Award, Vanderbilt University, 2001
- "Of Rats and Men," Exegisti Monumentum Aere Perennius Essays in Honor of John Frederick Charles, ed. by Bruce R. Baker and John E. Fischer, Indianapolis: Guild Press of Indiana, 1994.
- Reprint: "The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance," Representative American Speeches 1989, Louisiana State University Press, 1989.
- "Eternal Vigilance is Still the Price of Liberty: State Department Control of the Public Platform through Visa Denial," Brigance Forum, Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1988.
- "Catholic Grievances in Northern Ireland: Appraisal and Judgment," British Journal of Sociology, March 1987, pp.79-90.
- "Traitors and Tyrants: The Burr Trial as a Defense of Individual Rights," Journal of the Tennessee Speech Communication Association, Spring, 1984, pp. 30-40.
Kassian Kovalcheck, a native of Pennsylvania, graduated from Wabash College in 1965. He received his MA from Indiana University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in 1972.
Since coming to Vanderbilt University in 1969, Professor Kovalcheck has taught Public Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, Argumentation and Debate, Persuasion, and a popular special topics seminar on the Rhetoric of Irish Nationalism. He has been Director of Forensics since 1972 and directed a successful intercollegiate debate program from 1972 to 1983. In 1987, he was awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Prize for exceptional teaching, and also received the Ernest Jones Undergraduate Advising Award. He is currently Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre, a member of the Faculty Senate, and presently serves as chair of the Faculty Council of the College of Arts and Science.
Kovalcheck's scholarly research has focused on argumentation and debate, the rhetoric of Irish nationalism and First Amendment issues. He has published in the British Journal of Sociology. His speech on diplomacy and liberty is included in Representative American Speeches. Kovalcheck has delivered papers at international conferences in Ireland and Scotland.
William Norwood Brigance Lecture, Wabash College, 1988.
Raft Debate, Vanderbilt University, 1986, 1987.
Political Rhetoric, Vanderbilt Alumni, Chicago, 1992.
Rhetoric of Irish Nationalism, Kansas City, 1993.
Disappearance of Childhood, Atlanta Alumni, 1996.
Rhetoric of Rudeness, Reunion, 2001.
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