Jim Petre, Ph.D.

Jim PetreAssistant Professor of Speech Communication

Office: Carnegie Hall 212

Phone: (618) 537-6895


Ph.D., Speech Communication: Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2012)

M.S., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2006)

B.S., Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003)

Teaching Interests

Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Business and Professional Communication, Organizational Communication, Public Speaking, Philosophy of Communication, Political Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Gender, Environmental Communication

Teaching Philosophy

My basic approach to teaching is to help students gain skills that are essential for their careers, while confronting issues and questions that are critical for their scholarly development. I seek to engage students in an ongoing dialogue that fosters critical thinking, provides hands-on experience, and allows students to develop knowledge in ways most important and/or relevant to their educational and career interests. In every course I teach, my goal is to make sure that each student ends the semester with stronger speaking, writing, analytical, and critical thinking tools than those with which she or he began.


Petre, J. T., & Langsdorf, L. (2010). The audacity of faith: An inclusive political rhetoric. In D. Weiss (Ed.), What Democrats talk about when they talk about God. Lantham, MD: Lexington Books.

Petre, J. T. (2010). Hermeneutical rhetoric and progressive change: Barack Obama’s American exceptionalism. In Squires, C., Moffitt, K., and H. Harris (Eds.), The Obama effect: Multidisciplinary renderings of the 2008 campaign. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Organizations and Memberships

Central States Communication Association. (2005-present)

Secretary, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group (2012-Present)

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. (2005-present)

National Communication Association. (2004-present)