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Kevin Stein - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Kevin Stein Kevin Stein

Professor of Communication | Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT, UNITED STATES

Specializing in the rhetoric of attack, defense, and persuasive responses to defense

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Biography

Dr. Kevin Stein is a professor of communication at Southern Utah University. His research focuses primarily on the rhetoric of attack (kategoria), defense (apologia), and persuasive responses to defense (antapologia).

Dr. Stein has published numerous articles addressing a variety of apologetic contexts, as well as books and peer-reviewed articles on different types of political campaign messages including debates, advertisements, acceptance addresses, direct mail brochures, and television talk show appearances. He has presented his academic work at regional, national, and international conferences, including presentations at the University of Athens in Greece and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

While on a year-long sabbatical in China, Dr. Stein directed the American Studies Center at Hunan Normal University in Changsha (Hunan Province). Since then he has returned several times as a liaison for the SUU Office of International Affairs and as a teacher in a dual degree communication program offered by Wuhan Polytechnic University and Southern Utah University.

Dr. Stein earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Southern Utah University, a master's degree in communication in speech from Idaho State University, and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Missouri.

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Industry Expertise (4)

Public Relations and Communications Education/Learning Motion Pictures and Film Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (12)

Political Campaign Messages Film Rhetoric of Defense Apologia Rhetoric Communication Pop Culture Political Communication Kategoria Rhetoric of Attack Critical Thinking Academy Awards

Education (3)

University of Missouri: Ph.D., Communication, emphasis in Rhetoric and Political Communication

Idaho State University: M.A., Communication in Speech

Southern Utah University: B.S., Communication

Media Appearances (1)

5 Secrets Politicians Use in Debate Battle

Fox 13  online

2015-11-06

Announcements. Polls. Ads. Debates. Attacks. Policies. We’ve been inundated with presidential campaign news since early 2015, but what do all of these messages mean? Kevin Stein, associate professor of Communication at Southern Utah University, researches the content of political campaign messaging, and shares strategies to look for when watching the news.

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Articles (5)

Taco the Puppy is Super Sick: Student Excuses as a Unique Form of Apologia Rhetoric Relevant Rhetoric

Kevin Stein and Michael Ostrowsky

College students use a plethora of excuses in their interactions with professors in order to accomplish​ various goals, such as securing more time to complete an assignment or to obtain a reprieve for an absence. But why? Simply put, some students attempt to limit their responsibility for the negative behaviors necessitating the excuse. Our focus is not on whether the excuse is true, but rather to understand the manner in which students construct messages so that they function to account for their undesirable classroom behaviors.

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Listening to Unheard Voices: Nurses ’ Communication Experiences with the NRS Pain Scale The Journal of the SCASD

Matthew H. Barton and Kevin Stein

This study examines nurses’ experiences with the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS). These responses characterize the communication trials that nurses face with pain diagnosis, pain management, and overall patient care. Interviews with 20 nurses reveal three themes: subject dissatisfaction, feeling limited, and subjective satisfaction. An analysis of these themes reveals the need for renewed discussion about the way pain is communicated and the challenging expectations nurses must regularly confront. Implications for listening to important, but often quiet, even silent, voices in pain management and clinical practice are discussed.

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140 Characters to Say “I Hate You”: Melissa Click, Racism, and the Media Circus at Mizzou Relevant Rhetoric

Kevin A. Stein, Matthew H. Barton, Wm. Bryan Paul

2015-11-09

On November 9, 2015, University of Missouri communication professor, Melissa Click, made national headlines for attempting to suppress student journalists covering a campus protest, adding to the flurry of media attention already surrounding a major controversy. While participating in student demonstrations against the university administration’s alleged indifference toward reports of racism on campus, Click had attempted to eject student reporter, Tim Tai, from a “safe zone” created by protesters. As a result of her errant behavior, Click eventually faced suspension, a misdemeanor assault charge, and official dismissal from the university.

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Apologist-in-Chief?: Newspaper Kategoria and Antapologia following Barack Obama’s “Global Apology Tour” Iowa Journal of Communication

Kevin A. Stein, Matthew H. Barton, Michael K. Ault and James R. Briscoe

2013-09-01

This essay critically analyzes newspaper statements following President Obama’s Global Apology Tour utilizing Benoit and Dorries’ (1996) framework of persuasive attack and Stein’s (2008) typology of antapologia strategies. Because of the unique nature of Obama’s apologia, in which he offers an apology that was not demanded by any audience, the authors conclude the line between kategoria (attack) and antapologia (response to apologia) is blurred.

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Jewish Antapologia in Response to Mel Gibson’s Multiple Attempts at Absolution Relevant Rhetoric

Kevin Stein

2010-01-01

This essay explores the possibility that hate speech may require a unique combination of strategies that might be ineffective for other kinds of harmful acts. Although it is difficult to make comparisons between negative behaviors, many people find racist or discriminatory acts to be more offensive than acts that do not denigrate the character of others, even when such behaviors may be illegal. Is it possible that hateful utterances are so reprehensible that any strategies utilized to counteract their effects are rendered meaningless?

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Courses (11)

COMM 1310 Thinking & Listening Critically

A study of critical thinking and reasoning skills toward messages delivered and received through various communication formats. The course is designed to aid the student in the ability to define a problem, select pertinent information for the solution of the problem, recognize stated and unstated assumptions, formulate and select relevant hypotheses, and make valid conclusions and inferences.

COMM 2010 Media & Society

A study of the power and responsibility of newspapers, magazines, radio, television, computer networks, motion pictures students strive to improve media literacy and other mass media and their significance in contemporary society.

COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication

A study of interpersonal communication variables and situations, designed to aid the student in improving social relationships, increasing self-awareness and in using effective communication to achieve personal goals.

OMM 3020 Communication Research

This course emphasizes empirical and critical research appropriate for understanding mediated communication. An emphasis is placed on conducting surveys, focus groups, content analysis, and social marketing methods.

COMM 3150 Nonverbal Communication

A study of the sub-codes of nonverbal communication and how they affect human communication patterns and interpersonal relationships.

COMM 4502 Political Communication

A study of how symbols are used when communicating in a public context. Emphasis is placed on understanding the discourse of contemporary prominent political speakers, how radio and television have shaped political discourse, the role of political debates and the communication strategies employed in mass advertising campaigns. Specific attention is placed on understanding the effects of the media on political persuasion.

COMM 6020 Qualitative Communication Research

Examination of the fundamentals and relative strengths of various qualitative and rhetorical research methods, with their associated theoretical bases and specific applications of the most common approaches. These methods include: ethnography/participant observation phenomenology, case study research, critical theory, narrative, generic, metaphor and Burkean criticism.

COMM 6140 Pop Culture Messages

Examines influential texts (e.g., YouTube, TV, Film, Advertisements, Music, Gaming) students consume daily. Focuses on ways these discourses create identity and collective understanding. Explores message forms and their implications for critical thinking and consumption.

COMM 6240 Political and Corporate Speechwriting

Current Issues in Communication discussing contemporary communication topics varying by semester. Repeatable with different topics up to 18 credits toward the master’s degree. Check department for upcoming topics.

COMM 6850 Individual Graduate Research

The project is individually arranged and negotiated with a faculty advisor to provide students an opportunity to gain experience in a communication field. This project is distinct from a capstone project.

COMM 6900 Masters Capstone Thesis

A capstone experience demonstrating the ability to complete a professional thesis in consultation with a graduate faculty. Students will conceive, research, and produce an original research investigation in a relevant area of communication.

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