placeholder image
  • Contact Info
Publications in VIVO

Motter, Jeff

Communication Prgm Dir


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Motter’s research interests include Agrarian rhetorics, American studies, Democratic theory and praxis, environmental communication and social movements. He specializes in teaching human communication foundations and the rhetorics of rural America as well as public speaking. Motter’s work has been published in journals such as Argumentation & Advocacy, Quarterly Journal of Speech, China Media Research, Communication Studies and Philosophy & Rhetoric.


  • Agrarian Studies, Argumentation, American Studies, Political Rhetoric, Political Campaign Communication, Rhetorical Studies, Rural Rhetorics, Social Movements


selected publications


courses taught

  • COMM 3000 - Issues in Communication
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores select issues in communication. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different issues. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 3300 - Rhetorical Foundations of Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
    Reviews the classical tradition of rhetoric and its relevance to current events and public issues. Students learn how rhetorical perspectives help us create new ways of thinking, speaking, and acting through practicing creative message design.
  • COMM 3320 - Persuasion in Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Learn personal and professional skills to become more persuasive in a variety of communication contexts, and develop a broader and more critical understanding of the culture of persuasion that pervades all aspects of society.
  • COMM 3340 - Political Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Explores the role of communication in politics, emphasizing how language drives policies and campaigns. Students learn communication strategies in order to craft innovative campaign messaging. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 4300 - Senior Seminar: Rhetoric
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021
    Requires students to synthesize and demonstrate what they've learned in the major. Please refer to the specific description listed for the current semester. Each seminar will vary greatly in format and content.
  • JRNL 4874 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Special Topics


Other Profiles