AS, Burlington Community College; BA, Rowan University; MA, Rutgers University; PhD, Duquesne University
(2005), Assistant Professor of Rhetoric
Top Article Award, 2015 National Communication Association Communication Ethics Division, Communication Ethics in the Communication Curriculum: United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico (co-authored, see below)
Top Article Award for ECA 2015, In Defense of Leisure, Communication Quarterly
Leadership Scholar in Residence at Frostburg State University, 2015; Keynote, 13th National Communication Ethics Conference, (theme) “Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication Ethics: Social Justice in Organizations & History”; National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Top Book Award, 2013; Everett Lee Hunt Book Award, Eastern Communication Association, 2013; Past Officer’s Award for Service, Eastern Communication Association, 2013; Visiting Scholar, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University, 2011; Spiritan Award for Alumni Scholarship, Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Duquesne University, 2010.
See Dr. Holba’s interview at Figure/Ground, an open-source, para-academic, inter-disciplinary collaboration.
See Dr. Holba’s agenda as Scholar-in-Residence at Frostburg State University April 2015.
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 the 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 Axe, or Did She? She is the current editor for Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.
Transformative leisure: A Philosophy of communication. (2013, Marquette University Press).
An Overture to philosophy of communication: The carrier of meaning. (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.
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.
Wisdom traditions and the inner landscape: Becoming more human through contemplative practice. (2014). Listening: Journal of Communication, Religion, and Culture.
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).
In defense of leisure. (2014). Communication Quarterly. 62.2, 179-192. Won the ECA 2015 Article of the Year award.
Mindfulness learning and contemplative inquiry in online environments. (2013). Journal of Online Education. (with Christina M. Noyes). Edition 99.
From advising to mentoring: Shifting the metaphor. (2012, in press). The Mentor.
Listening through leisure: Meeting the other in the spirit of civility. (2011). Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture. 46(1), 51-62.
Leisure and political communication. (2010). Review of Communication. 10(1), 20-37.
Revisiting Martin Buber’s I-It: A rhetorical strategy. (2008). Human Communication. 11(4), 495-510.
Philosophical leisure as recuperative praxis: Texturing human communication. (2006). World Leisure Journal, 48(1), 13-23.
Selected Book Chapters (new):
Philosophical lineage: Situating voices of self and other. In Brent Sleasman, Creating Camus: The people, events and ideas that shaped his philosophy of communication (forthcoming, Lexington Press, 2014)
Leisure and the Other: A meeting between philosophy and ethics. In Arnett, R. C. and Arneson, P. A., The philosophy of communication ethics (forthcoming, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014).
Visiting Scholar, Frostburg State University, April 2015
2015 ECA Article of the Year Award (for (2014) “In Defense of Leisure” Communication Quarterly)
Keynote Speaker, 13th National Communication Ethics Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
Top Book Award, National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division, 2013
Everett Lee Hunt Book Award, Eastern Communication Association, 2013;
Past Officer’s Award for Service, Eastern Communication Association, 2013;
Visiting Scholar, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University, 2011;
Spiritan Award for Alumni Scholarship, Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Duquesne University, 2010
- 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
- PY3140 Medieval Philosophy
- PYDI1030 Thinking for Yourself