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


NDL-243 (Forensics)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
COM-243Forensics162002/SP, 2002/JN, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2001/JN, 2000/FA, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
COM-230Critical Thinking and Argument152007/SP, 2006/FA, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, and 1999/SP
NDL-243Forensics132016/FA, 2016/SP, 2016/JN, and 2015/FA
FTS-100FTS:Reality TV112015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, and 1999/FA
COM-344ST:Documentary Film92016/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/SP
COM-385Spectatorship Ethics82016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
COM-374Campaigns and Social Movements82015/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
COM-244ST:Social Media72012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
COM-110Public Speaking72006/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, and 2002/SP
COM-376Pol Campaign Communctn62014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2008/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
COM-260Argumentation and Debate52015/SP, 2013/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
COM-231Social Media32015/FA, 2014/FA, and 2013/FA
COM-246Non-Profit Leadership32015/SP, 2014/SP, and 2013/SP
COM-397Honors Thesis32006/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
NDL-249Cambodia & Vietnam22013/JN and 2011/JN
COM-381Contemporary Rhetoric22006/FA and 2005/FA
NDL-205Vietnam: History and Culture22006/JN and 2003/JN
COM-268Career Exploration22003/JN and 2002/JN
GWS-244Special Topic: Gay Rights Movement12008/SP
COM-120Public Discourse12008/SP
COM-213Liberation in South Africa12008/JN
IDS-246Global Development12003/FA
IDS-243Environment, Ecology, and Livelihood12003/FA
IDS-245India Religion, Culture, and Society12003/FA
IDS-247Liberation Movements12003/FA
COM-375Mass Media Process12001/SP
COM-232Cultural Identity in London12000/JN
COM-399Senior Seminar11999/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.