Annette M. Holba

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Associate Professor of Rhetoric

AS, Burlington Community College; BA, Rowan University; MA, Rutgers University; PhD, Duquesne University

Contact Information

Hyde Hall 129A
MSC #60

About Professor Holba

Professor Holba studies rhetoric, communication ethics, and philosophy of communication in relation to the human condition and in the context of mediated environments. Her research and teaching interests focus on the intersection of philosophy of communication and philosophical leisure, communication ethics, and mindfulness/contemplative pedagogies. Professor Holba has served the National Communication Association (NCA) in the areas of the Philosophy of Communication Division and the Communication Ethics Division in a variety of capacities that include division chair (Communication Ethics 2010-2011). She has also chaired interest groups in the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) in the areas of Philosophy of Communication and Rhetoric and Public Address. Additionally, Professor Holba has a unique interest in the case of Lizzie Borden; she is a presenter with the New Hampshire Humanities Council where she travels around the state to present her program, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, or Did She? She is the current editor for Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.



  • Transformative leisure: A philosophy of communication. (2014, Marquette University Press).
  • An Overture Philosophy of Communication: The carrier of meaning. (forthcoming 2012, co-authored with Ronald C. Arnett at Duquesne University; Peter Lang Publishing).
  • Communicative Understandings of Women’s Leadership Development: From ceilings of glass to labyrinth paths. (2011). Lexington Books, Division of Rowman & Littlefield. (Co-Edited with Elesha Ruminski at Frostburg State University).
  • The communicative relationship between dialogue and care. (2009) New York: Cambria Press. (co-authored with Marie Baker-Ohler at Northern Arizona University).
  • Media and the apocalypse. (2009). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. (co-edited with Kylo-Patrick Hart at Plymouth State University).
  • Lizzie Borden took an axe, or did she? A rhetorical inquiry. (2008). New York: Teneo Press.
  • Philosophies of communication: Implications for everyday experience. (2008). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. (co-edited with Melissa A. Cook at St. Vincent’s College).
  • Philosophical leisure: Recuperative praxis for human communication. (2007). Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press.

Selected Articles:

  • Leisure as Philosophical Act: Thinking, Acting, Being. (2015, forthcoming). Academic Quarter.
  • Teaching communication ethics as central to the discipline. (co-authored with Robert Ballard, Melba Hoffer, Tammy Swenson-Lepper, Paula Tompkins, Michelle Leavitt, Spoma Jovanovic) (2015, forthcoming). Journal for the Association of Communication Administration.
  • Leisure as catalyst for social justice: Transforming the political. (2015, forthcoming). Atlantic Journal of Communication.
  • Communication ethics in the communication curriculum: United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico (co-authored with Robert Ballard, Melba Hoffer, Tammy Swenson-Lepper, Paula Tompkins, Michelle Leavitt, Spoma Jovanovic) (2015). Communication Education. DOI:10.1080/03634523.2015.1041996
  • Virtue education: Josef Pieper’s vita contemplativa as pedagogical ground. (2015). Philosophy Study. 40(8).
  • Leisure as catalyst for social justice: Transforming the political. (2014, forthcoming). Atlantic Journal of Communication.
  • Wisdom Traditions and the inner landscape: Becoming more human through contemplative practice. Listening: Journal of Communication, Religion, and Culture (2014).
  • In defense of leisure. (2014). Communication Quarterly. 62.2, 179-192.
  • Mindfulness learning and contemplative inquiry in online environments. (2013). Journal of Online Education. (with Christina Noyes). Edition 99.
  • Erasmus: A Responsive Intellectual Priest. (2011) Listening: Journal of  Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture. 46(2), 94-108.
  • Listening through leisure: Meeting the other in the spirit of civility. (2011). Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture. 46(1), 51-62.
  • Conversation, motivation, and interiority: Robert T. Oliver points toward communication and leisure. (2010). Pennsylvania Communication Annual: The Pennsylvania Scholar Series. 52-65.
  • Leisure and political communication. (2010). Review of Communication. 10(1), 20-37.
  • CATs in the middle/high school music classroom. (2009). New Hampshire Journal of  Communication. XII Spring, 60-64. (with Christina Trivelli).
  • Revisiting Martin Buber’s I-It: A rhetorical strategy. (2008). Human Communication. 11(4), 495-510.
  • Bridges not walls: The communicative enactment of dialogic storytelling. (2008). Review of Communication.  (with Ronald C. Arnett and Pat Arneson). 8(3), 217-234.
  • Revisiting Cicero in higher education: Cultivating citizenship skills through collegiate debate programs. (2008). Speaker and Gavel. 45, 52-63.
  • A response to phatic communication: Inviting dialogic potential. (2008). Florida Communication Journal.  37, 35-46.
  • The rhetorical turn to otherness: Otherwise than humanism. (2007). Cosmos and History: The Journal of  Natural and Social Philosophy. 3(1), 115-133. (with Ronald Arnett and Janie Harden Fritz).
  • Building bridges through the learning paradigm: Cultivating citizenship in higher education. (2007). New Hampshire Journal of Education. X Spring, 15-17.
  • Philosophical leisure as recuperative praxis: Texturing human communication. (2006). World Leisure Journal, 48(1), 13-23

Book Chapters

  • Philosophical lineage: Situating voices of self and other. (2014, forthcoming). Creating Camus: The people, events and ideas that shaped his philosophy of communication (Ed.). Brent Sleasman. Baltimore, MD: Lexington Press.
  • Leisure and the Other: Philosophy and Communication Ethics. (2013, forthcoming). In The Philosophy of Communication Ethics (Eds.). Ronald C. Arnett and Pat Arneson. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
  • Women and leisure: Communicative leaders for the twenty-first century. (2011). In Elesha Ruminski and Annette Holba (Eds.). Communicative understandings of women’s leadership development: Fromceilings of glass to labyrinth paths. pp. 195-208. Baltimore, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Leisure, communication, and politics: Cultivating creative democracy.  (2011). In Omar Swartz (Ed.). Communication and creative democracy: Theory, community, technology, and pedagogy. pp. 78-107.
    Carbondale, Il: Southern Illinois University Press.
  • The question of philosophical leisure: A philosophy of communication. (2010). In Mitchell Haney and David Kline (Eds.).  The value of time and leisure in a world of work. pp. 39-60. Baltimore, MD: Lexington Books (Division of Rowman & Littlefield).
  • Understanding schadenfreude to seek an ethical response. (2008). In Melissa A. Cook and Annette M. Holba (Eds.). Philosophies of Communication: Implications for Everyday Experience. pp. 1-18.New York: Peter Lang.


  • ECA 2015 Article of the Year (for “In Defense of Leisure” Communication Quarterly, 2014)
  • Visiting Scholar, Frostburg State University, April 2015
  • Keynote Address, 13th National Communication Ethics Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 2014
  • Top Book Award, National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division, 2013
  • Everett Lee Hunt Book Award, Eastern Communication Association, 2013
  • Eastern Communication Association Past Officer’s Award for Service, 2013
  • Visiting Scholar, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University, 2011;
  • Spiritan Award for Alumni Scholarship, Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Duquesne University, 2010;

Courses Taught

  • CM2400 Public Speaking
  • CM2910 Introduction to Communication
  • CM3510 Communication, Media, and Wellness
  • CM3640 Communication Theory
  • CM3700 Media as Popular Culture
  • CM3710 Film and Identity Politics
  • CM3800 Analyzing Television
  • CM3910 Topics in Film and Media
  • CM4910 Senior Seminar
  • CMDI2010 Outlaws, Delinquents, and “Other” Deviants in Film and Society
  • IS1111 First Year Seminar
  • PY1010 Ultimate Questions
  • PY3150 Society, Ethics, and the Law
  • PY3160 History of Philosophy III Contemporary
  • PY3390 Applied Ethics
  • PY3730 Philosophy of Communication
  • PYDI1050 Building a Civil Society
  • PYDI1030 Thinking for Yourself
  • PY3140 Medieval Philosophy

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