Theon Hill, Ph.D. - Wheaton College. Wheaton, IL, US

Theon Hill, Ph.D. Theon Hill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication | Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL, US

Dr. Hill examines the role of radical rhetoric as a crucial form of civic engagement and public advocacy.



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Dr. Hill's research explores the relationship between rhetoric and social change related to race, culture and American politics. 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.

Education (4)

Purdue University: Ph.D., Communication 2013

Copenhagen Business School: Graduate Certificate, Organization Communication and Leadership 2011

Bob Jones University: M.A., Rhetoric and Public Address 2009

Bob Jones University: B.A., Biblical Studies

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests (14)

Political Rhetoric Race Ethnicity The Obama Presidency Public Speaking Social Movements Messages Influence and Culture Leadership Development Hip-Hop Culture American Fundamentalism Rhetoric Popular Culture Public Memory

Accomplishments (3)

H. H. Remmers Memorial Award (professional)


Each year the African American Studies and Research Center at Purdue University recognizes an outstanding African American PhD student for excellence in research, academics, professional development, and leadership potential.

Bruce Kendall Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student (professional)


This highly competitive award is presented annually to an outstanding graduate instructor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication for excellence in teaching, departmental service, and research as determined by the school's faculty.

3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, First Place (professional)


Purdue University’s Graduate School held a three minute thesis competition in which graduate students were challenged to present their research in three minutes to a lay audience. I placed first out of 84 graduate students from all disciplines across campus.

Professional Affiliations (2)

  • National Communication Association : Member
  • Rhetoric Society of America : Member

Media Appearances (3)

Evangelical Colleges: Unlikely Allies in #BlackLivesMatter

The Atlantic  online


Whether the college years actually make students more liberal is still an issue up for debate, but it would seem that many Christian colleges are creating space for their students to have difficult conversations about political issues that they often avoided in the past. A Christian college experience may lend itself to thinking about empathy and justice in ways that are new to some students. "The role of the Christian college at a time like this is to teach, to educate our students to think Biblically about the world in which they live," said Theon Hill, a communications instructor at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Christian colleges have always paid special attention to shaping the character of their students, but conversations around issues of race are new for many.

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Wheaton College students protest in wake of Ferguson decision

Chicago Tribune  online


Wheaton College Professor Theon Hill also joined the protesters before leaving early to teach his class.

"I think it's important for us — the church — to start talking about systemic racism in society," Hill said. "This has been going on far too long."

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Quad staff interviews communication studies professor Dr. Theon Hill

The Quad  online


Dr. Theon Hill is a first year communication studies professor here at the university. Dr. Hill finished his doctorate program at Purdue earlier this year and specializes in the study of Rhetoric. Dr. Hill was born and raised in Chicago, and is a diehard Chicago sports fan...

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Presentations and Event Appearances (3)

Cornel West, John Dewey, and rhetorical approaches to American pragmatism

National Communication Association  Washington, D.C., November 2013

Jesus is integrated: Root-metaphors of Civil Rights Movement rhetoric

National Communication Association  Orlando, FL, November 2012

Prophet as cultural critic: The prophetic tradition in rhetorical theory

National Communication Association  Orlando, FL, November 2012

Academics and Published Research (1)

Courses Taught

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

Select Articles, Chapters, Reviews, and Other Publications (3)

From tragedy to comedy: A pentadic analysis contrasting Hillary Clinton’s health care reform rhetoric from 1993-1994 and the 2008 Presidential campaign Transcendence by perspective: Meditations on and with Kenneth Burke

Hill, T. E.


Preserving black political agency in the age of Obama: Utilizing the C-SPAN archives in rhetorical scholarship The C-SPAN archives: An interdisciplinary resource for discovery, learning, and engagement

Hill, T. E.


Dialoguing difference in joint ethnographic research: Reflections on religion, sexuality, and race Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies

Hill, T. E., & Holyoak, I. C.

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