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Songs of Social Justice, URI Honors Colloquium, 2006, Stephen C. Wood, Paul Bueno de Mesquita, and Kalyana Champlain, 2009, Blurb, (180pgs).
Reel Baseball: Essays and Interviews on the National Pastime, Hollywood and American Culture, Stephen C. Wood and J. David Pincus (Eds.) Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2003, (312 pgs.).
CEDA: 20th Anniversary Assessment Conference Proceedings, Stephen C. Wood and David Thomas (eds.). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1993, (225 pgs.).
Prima Facie: A Guide to Value Debate (2nd edition), Stephen C. Wood and John Midgley, Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1989, (280 pgs.).
"Political Ads, 1952" in Encyclopedia of Political Communication (Lynda Lee Kaid and Christina Holtz-Bacha, eds.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2008.
"The CEO-Leader as Relationship-Builder: Convinced, But Unengaged," (with J. David Pincus), in The International Association of Business Communicators Handbook of Organizational Communication, (Tamara L. Gillis, ed.), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006, 296-319.
"The Fans' Role in Shaping Baseball: A Voice Too Long Silent," (with J. David Pincus and Fritz Cropp), in The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 1999, (Peter M. Rutkoff, ed.) Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 2000, 333-355.
"The CEOs changing Communication Role: Precursor to Effective Leadership," (with J. David Pincus), in Handbook of Administrative Communication, (James L. Garnett and A. Kouzmin, eds.) New York: Marcel Dekker Publishers, 1997, 285-307.
"The Rhetoric of Bill Clinton," (with J. DeWitt), in U.S. Presidents as Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook, (Halford Ryan, ed.) Greenwood Publishers, 1994, 361-375.
"The Baseball Commissioner's Public Communication Role: A Test of Leadership," (with N. DeBonis, et al.), Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and the American Culture, 1990, Meckler Publishing, 1991, 187-211.
"From Concept to Law: Freedom of Expression, The Rhetorical Influence of James Alexander, Andrew Hamilton and the Trial of John Peter Zenger, 1735," Free Speech Yearbook, (Stephen Smith, ed.), 1985, 5-13.Refereed Articles
"E-Mail Debate as a Tool of Learning," with Guo-Ming Chen, in Selections from the Speech Communication Teacher, (Stephen Lucas, ed.), McGraw-Hill, 1998, 2-3.
"...Threads... An Introduction to Forensic E-Mail," The Forensic, 80 (Winter 1995, 18-29.
"Baseball: The American Mythos in Film, The Natural," (with D. Pincus and N. De Bonis), Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives, 1995, 4:1, 142-170.
"The Popular Party and the Trial of John Peter Zenger: Exposing and Opposing Arbitrary Power," (with J. DeWitt), Free Speech Yearbook, 1994, vol.32, 4-17.
"E-Mail Debate as a Tool of Learning," (with Guo-Ming Chen), The Speech Communication Teacher, 1994, 9, 15-16.
"Normative Expectations and Codified Rules: Problems in Judging Academic Competitive Debate," CEDA Yearbook 13 (1992) 68-80.
"Prima Facie: Old Distinctions/New Applications" (with J. DeWitt), National Forensic Journal, IX (Spring 1991) 51-63.
"Television's First Political Spot Ad Campaign: Eisenhower Answers America," Presidential Studies Quarterly, XX (Spring 1990) 265-284.
"Motivational Tension: Winning vs. Pedagogy in Academic Debate," (with P. Rowland-Morin), National Forensic Journal, VII (Fall 1989) 81-98.
"The Cross Examination Debate Association: A Timeline Profile, 1985-1988," Speaker and Gavel, 26 (1989) 44-52.
"First Affirmative Rebuttal: A Reassessment," Cross Examination Debate Association Yearbook, B. Logue (ed.), 1987, 52-58.
In a bibliography of rhetorical scholars, Dr. Wood was once categorized as an "eclectic rhetorical critic." Actually, that's very accurate since his research, while always rhetorical, has varied widely. His doctoral dissertation, for example, studied the technical mediating variables of television arguing a rhetorical intervention perspective. He has published articles and books on argumentation and debate, and has an entire line of research on the rhetorical dimensions of baseball as a cultural phenomenon. He has published articles on the early manifestations of the free speech and the trial of John Peter Zenger, and published research on Eisenhower, Reagan and Clinton. Dr. Wood published a book with Dr. David Pincus, Reel Baseball, a seminal work exploring the cultural intersection of baseball and film from 1898 to present.
Dr. Wood joined URI in 1982 and served as director of intercollegiate debate for ten years prior to becoming department chair (1992-2004). His teaching interests include public speaking, advanced public speaking, interpersonal communication, television criticism, argumentation & debate, the rhetoric of sports films, the rhetoric of music, organizational communication and new applications of communication technology.
Dr. Wood is an award winning photographer; the following examples have won 1st place in many art shows. Also, DocWood is a folk musician recording on the Neoga Music label.
Harrington School of Communication and Media Lecturer, Dr. Samara Anarbaeva, presents her paper exploring the construction of Second Life avatar's identity in terms of race, gender, and fashion.
Dr. McClure received the 2010 NCA Outstanding Article Award for "Kenneth Burke's Dramatic Form Criticism," coauthored with F. D. Anderson and A. King, in Rhetorical Criticism, edited by J. A. Kuypers.