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Meet some of our amazing retired faculty.

Emeritus Faculty


Mary Hinchcliff-Pelias

Associate Professor, Emerita
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1982; 1983.


Marion Kleinau

Marion Kleinau

Professor, Emerita
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1961; 1959.

"My greatest desire was always to create a theater for the oral performance of good literature. That dream was realized when the "Calipre Stage" was built out of odds and ends in an empty space behind the department. In that theater many oral interp. students found a home as they progressed to their degree at all levels. I was also pleased and supported in the development of literary genre courses, script creation and of course the staging of performance. The result of these courses was experiment with developing theory and experimenting with literary form and its performance."


Lenore Langsdorf

Professor, Emerita
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stonybrook, 1977; 1990.

Philosophy of communication; Argumentation, communication, cultural, and rhetorical theory; Hermeneutic phenomenology, critical theory, and process philosophy as research orientations.


Richard L. Lanigan

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1969; 1974.

Theories and Models of Human Communicology, Semiotic Phenomenology, Philosophy of Communication.


Thomas J. Pace, Jr.

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Denver, 1957; 1965.

Lab in Interpersonal Communication, Phenomenological Methodology, Political Rhetoric


Ronald J. Pelias

Ronald J. Pelias

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1979; 1981.

Performance studies, performance methods, autoethnography.


Elyse Pineau

Associate Professor, Emerita
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1990; 1990.

Women's autobiography, literary adaptation, and personal narratives in performance.


William D. Smith

Associate Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1964; 1961.


Nathan Stucky

Nathan Stucky

Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Texas, 1988; 1990.

Performance studies, performance ethnography, cultural ritual, performance pedagogy