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Ryan Neville-Shepard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Liberal Arts
RC Room 103

PHONE: 812.348.7235
FAX: 812.348.7370


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2011
  • M.A., University of Kansas, 2007
  • B.A., Bates College, 2004

Professional Activities

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, Assistant Professor (2011-present)
  • University of Kansas, Lecturer (2010-2011)
  • University of Kansas, Graduate Teaching Assistant (2005-2010

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • Mass Media & Contemporary Society
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Great Speakers: American Public Address
  • Rhetoric, Society, and Culture
  • Persuasion
  • Communication Criticism
  • Political Communication
  • Conspiracy Rhetoric

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

  • Faculty Senator (2015-present)
  • Co-Director, Leadership Studies Minor (2011-present)
  • Advisor, IUPUC Debate Team (2011-present)
  • Office of Student Research Review Board (2013-present)
  • General Education Advisory Board (2012-present)
  • Honors Program Faculty Advisory Council (2012-present)
  • Student Affairs Committee (2013-2015)
  • Associate Editorial Review Board, Communication Studies (2013-2015)
  • Program Planner, CSCA, Political Communication Interest Group (2013-2014)
  • Program Planner, CSCA, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group (2011-2012)

Awards & Activities

  • IUPUC Outstanding Full-Time Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award (2015)
  • Top Paper, CSCA, Political Communication Interest Group (2015)
  • IUPUC Outstanding Full-Time Service Award (2014)
  • Top Paper, CSCA, Political Communication Interest Group (2012)
  • Top Four Paper, NCA, Political Communication Division (2011)
  • Top Four Paper, NCA, Political Communication Division (2010)
  • Top Student Paper, CSCA, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group (2010)
  • Top Four Paper, CSCA, Argumentation and Forensics Interest Group (2010)
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, University of Kansas (2010)
  • National Communication Association, Doctoral Honors Conference (2009)
  • Kim Giffin Research Award, University of Kansas (2009)
  • E.C. Buehler Teaching Fellowship (2009)
  • Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, University of Kansas, School of the Liberal Arts and Sciences (2007)


  • Neville-Shepard, R. (in press). Unconventional: The variant of third party nomination acceptance addresses. Western Journal of Communication
  • Chirindo, K. & Neville-Shepard, R. (in press). Obama’s “New Beginning”: US foreign policy and comic exceptionalism. Argumentation and Advocacy
  • Neville-Shepard, R. (2014). Presidential campaign announcements: A third party variant. Southern Communication Journal, 79, 130-146. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2013.866157
  • Neville-Shepard, R. (2014). Triumph in defeat: The genre of third party presidential concessions. Communication Quarterly, 62, 214-232. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2014.890119
  • Warner, B. R., & Neville-Shepard, R. M. (2014). Echoes of a conspiracy: Birthers, Truthers, and the cultivation of extremism. Communication Quarterly, 62, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2013.822407
  • Neville-Shepard, R. (2014). Disturbing democracy: Argumentative framing and the third party bind in the 2012 presidential election. In C. Palczewski (Ed.), Disturbing argument: Selected works from the 18th NCA/AFA Alta Conference on Argumentation (pp. 213-218). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Neville-Shepard, R., & Theye, K. (2013). Writing a candidacy: Campaign memoirs and the 2012 Republican primary. American Behavioral Scientist, 57, 1704-1715. doi: 10.1177/0002764213490696
  • Neville-Shepard, R. M. (2012). When water works: A case study of campaign tears and the 2008 election. Speaker & Gavel, 49, 20-41.
  • Warner, B. R., & Neville-Shepard, R. M. (2011). The polarizing influence of fragmented media: Lessons from Howard Dean. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 19, 201-215. doi: 10.1080/15456870.2011.606100
  • Neville-Shepard, R.M. (2011). Addressing the spoiler charge: Presidential apologia for third party candidates. In R. C. Rowland (Ed.), Reasoned Argument and Social Change: Selected Papers from of the Seventeenth NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation (pp. 371-378). Washington, D.C.: National Communication Association.
  • Shepard, R. M. (2010). Advanced variations of simulated atonement: Blame displacement and George W. Bush’s apologia for the WMD scandal. In D. Gouran (Ed.), Proceedings of the Sixteenth NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation (pp. 454-460). Washington, D.C.: National Communication Association.
  • Shepard, R. M. (2010). Explaining the revolution: Vernacular discourse and the tipping point in America’s 2006 midterm election. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 37, 76-98.
  • Shepard, R. (2009). Confronting gender bias, finding a voice: Hillary Clinton and the New Hampshire crying incident. Argumentation and Advocacy, 46, 64-77.
  • Shepard, R. (2009). Toward a theory of simulated atonement: A case study of President George W. Bush's response to the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. Communication Studies, 60, 460-475. doi: 10.1080/10510970903260319

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