Department of Communication Studies Faculty

Professor John Kares Smith


Office: 14 Lanigan Hall

Office extension: (315) 312-3519

Office Hours:

Monday,Tuesday and Friday - 3:00-5:00 pm 
Tuesday 11:30 am-12:00 pm Lake Effect Cafe in Penfield
Or by appointment

Spring 2015 Schedule:
COM 302 800:  MWF 9:10 am-10:05 am - 208 Mahar
COM 360 800:  MWF 10:20 am-11:15 am - 208 Mahar
COM 360 810:  MWF 1:50 pm-2:45 pm - 208 Mahar

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1974

Area(s) of Specialty:
Public communication, persuasion, rhetorical criticism, rhetoric of movements, history of communication, group interaction and discussions, and conflict management.

Research Interests:
Presidential and political communication; the American muckraking movement, especially the life, times and works of Upton Sinclair.

Recent Publication(s) or Presentation(s):
"'Once more unto the breach, dear friends': War in the Persian Gulf as a Rhetorical System," in Honor and Loyalty: Inside the Politics of the George H. W. Bush White House, Edited by Leslie D. Feldman and Rosanna Perotti. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002, pp. 347-359.

"Bush and Gore on Oprah Winfrey, or the 'Oprah-fication' of American Presidential Candidates." Presented at the 94th Annual Convention of the Eastern Communication Association, Washington, DC, April 24 -April 27, 2003.

Profiled in the 10th edition of Directory of American Scholars
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1993)
State of New York and United University Professions Excellence Award for Professional Service (1991)