Phillip Voight


Associate Professor in Communication Studies

I came to Gustavus in 1990 and I've taught a wide variety of courses in rhetoric, social movement theory, argumentation studies and political communication.My dissertation focused on the use of humorous messages to mask attacks in political advertisements. I have also published a number of articles on forensics pedagogy and forensics program administration. Over the years, my teaching interests have evolved and I am currently interested in the intersections between mass media and rhetorical criticism.One result of this interest has been the creation of several courses that focus on the ways in which reality television programs sculpt social norms concerning gender and family relations.

I also served as the Director of Forensics and the speech and debate coach from 1990 until 2007. In 2006, I was elected as President of Pi Kappa Delta -- the oldest forensics professional organization in the country. 

I am very interested in international education, and in addition to serving on the International Education Committee, I have taught January Term courses in London, Cambodia, Vietnam and South Africa. I also spent a semester in India with the Gustavus Social Justice, Peace and development Program. I've also traveled extensively -- visiting more than seventy countries during the past ten years.

My research interests include the use of decision rules in political debates, the role of humor in political discourse, social movement theory and forensics pedagogy. Outside of the classroom, I've developed an interest in non-profit governance and community organizing. Although my term as Pi Kappa Delta President has concluded, I remain on the PKD National Council. I have also served on the Board of Directors of Outfront Minnesota, and on the Executive Committee of South Central Minnesota Pride, and on numerous other non-profit boards and committees.


B.A. Augustana College, M.A. University of Kansas, Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

COM-244 (ST:Documentary Film) and COM-385 (Spectatorship Ethics)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
NDL-243 Forensics 29 2018/SP, 2018/JN, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2017/JN, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2016/JN, and 2015/FA
COM-243 Forensics 16 2002/SP, 2002/JN, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2001/JN, 2000/FA, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
FTS-100 FTS:Arg. & Debate 15 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, and 1999/FA
COM-230 Critical Thinking and Argument 15 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, and 1999/SP
COM-385 Spectatorship Ethics 10 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
COM-244 ST:Documentary Film 9 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
COM-374 Campaigns and Social Movements 9 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
COM-344 ST:Documentary Film 9 2016/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/SP
COM-376 Pol Campaign Communctn 7 2018/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2008/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
COM-110 Public Speaking 7 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, and 2002/SP
COM-231 Social Media 6 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, and 2013/FA
COM-260 Argumentation and Debate 5 2015/SP, 2013/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
COM-246 Non-Profit Leadership 4 2019/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, and 2013/SP
COM-397 Honors Thesis 3 2006/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
NDL-249 Cambodia & Vietnam 2 2013/JN and 2011/JN
COM-381 Contemporary Rhetoric 2 2006/FA and 2005/FA
NDL-205 Vietnam: History and Culture 2 2006/JN and 2003/JN
COM-268 Career Exploration 2 2003/JN and 2002/JN
COM-249 Lib:Cambodia/Vietnam 1 2020/JN
GWS-244 Special Topic: Gay Rights Movement 1 2008/SP
COM-120 Public Discourse 1 2008/SP
COM-213 Liberation in South Africa 1 2008/JN
IDS-246 Global Development 1 2003/FA
IDS-247 Liberation Movements 1 2003/FA
IDS-245 India Religion, Culture, and Society 1 2003/FA
IDS-243 Environment, Ecology, and Livelihood 1 2003/FA
COM-375 Mass Media Process 1 2001/SP
COM-232 Cultural Identity in London 1 2000/JN
COM-399 Senior Seminar 1 1999/SP
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.