Theon Hill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication
On Faculty since 2014

Office: BGC 270
Phone: (630)752-5093


Ph.D., Purdue University

M.A., Bob Jones University

B.A., Bob Jones University


Dr. Hill's research explores the relationship between rhetoric and social change. Specifically, he examines the role of radical rhetoric as a crucial form of civic engagement and public advocacy. His previous work on rhetoric and social change in political, social movement, and religious contexts has appeared in edited collections and scholarly journals.

Courses Taught

  • Messages, Influence, & Culture
  • Advance Performance
  • Public Speaking

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • National Communication Association

Selected Publications

Hill, T. E. (2014).  Preserving black political agency in the age of Obama: Utilizing the C-SPAN archives in rhetorical scholarship.  In R. Browning (Ed.), The C-SPAN archives: An interdisciplinary resource for discovery, learning, and engagement.  West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

Hill, T. E. (2014). From tragedy to comedy: A pentadic analysis contrasting Hillary Clinton’s health care reform rhetoric from 1993-1994 and the 2008 Presidential campaign. In B. Crable (Ed.), Transcendence by perspective: Meditations on and with Kenneth Burke. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 114-131.

Hill, T. E., & Holyoak, I. C. (2011). Dialoguing difference in joint ethnographic research: Reflections on religion, sexuality, and race. Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies 11(2): 187-194.

Selected Conference Presentations

Hill, T. E. (2013, November).  Cornel West, John Dewey, and rhetorical approaches to American pragmatism.  National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Hill, T. E. (2012, November).  Jesus is integrated: Root-metaphors of Civil Rights Movement rhetoric.  National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

Hill, T. E. (2012, November).  Prophet as cultural critic:  The prophetic tradition in rhetorical theory.  National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

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