Faculty profile

John Kares Smith

Emeritus Professor


8 Lanigan Hall

Office hours

MON/WED 3-5:00 in Penfield Library

Fall 2018 Schedule:

  • COM 340 810 Conflict Management MWF 11:30-12:25pm - Mahar 216
  • COM 210 820 Critical Thinking/Public Speaking MWF 1:50-2:45pm - Mahar 216
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Area(s) of Specialty:
Public communication, persuasion, rhetorical criticism, rhetoric of movements, history of communication, group interaction and discussions, and conflict management.


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


"'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.

Awards and honors

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)


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1974