Annette M. Holba

Professor of Rhetoric &
Program Coordinator of the Organizational Leadership Graduate Program

M. A. in Personal and Organizational Wellness (Plymouth State University, 2018)
Graduate Certificate in College Teaching (University of New Hampshire, 2009)
PhD in Rhetoric (Duquesne, 2005)
MA in Liberal Studies (Rutgers University, 1998)
BA in Law & Justice Studies (Rowan University, 1994)
AA in Criminal Justice (Burlington County College, 1989)

Contact Information
Communication and Media Studies
Hyde Hall 337
(603) 535-2878 or (603) 535-3116

About Dr. Holba
Dr. Holba is interested in the study of rhetoric in communication behaviors as it relates to philosophy of communication and to applications of communication ethics. She has served at both the regional and national levels in her discipline and participates in interdisciplinary collaborations related to contemplative inquiry and practices regionally and nationally. Dr. Holba has been named the Program Coordinator for the Organizational Graduate Program. For more information, please visit the website:

An encyclopedia of communication ethics.  (2017, Peter Lang Publishing). (Coedited with Ronald C. Arnett and Susan Mancino).
Transformative leisure: A philosophy of communication. (2013, Marquette University Press).
An overture to philosophy of communication: The carrier of meaning. (2012). Peter Lang. (co-authored with Ronald C. Arnett).
Communicative understandings of women’s leadership development: From ceilings of glass to labyrinth paths. (2011). Lexington Books. (Co-Edited with Elesha Ruminski).
The communicative relationship between dialogue and care. (2009) New York: Cambria Press. (co-authored with Marie Baker-Ohler).
Media and the apocalypse. (2009). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. (co-edited with Kylo-Patrick Hart).
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).
Philosophical leisure: Recuperative praxis for human communication. (2007). Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press.

Articles (selected):
Groundwork for an ethics of death: Leisure, faith, resilience. (2017). Journal of Communication and Religion. 39(3).
A centennial celebration: Benchmarks for Philosophy of Communication. Review of Communication. (2016). 15(4), 332-358. (co-authored with Igor Klyukanov, Eastern Washington State University).
Leisure as catalyst for social justice: Transforming the political. (2016). Atlantic Journal of Communication. 24(1), 50-60.
Leisure as philosophical act: Thinking, acting, being. (2015). Academic Quarter. 11, 10-23.
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). Journal for the Association of Communication Administration. 33(2), 2-20.
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. 64(4), 472-490.
Virtue education: Josef Pieper’s vita contemplativa as pedagogical ground. (2015). Philosophy Study. 40(8).
In defense of leisure. (2014). Communication Quarterly. 62(2), 171-192.
Wisdom traditions and the inner landscape: Becoming more human through contemplative practice. (2014). Listening: Journal of Communication, Religion, and Culture. 49(1), 9-29.
Book review for, Arnett, R. C., Fritz, J. H., and Bell, L. M. Communication ethics literacy: Dialogue and difference. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage). The Journal of Business Ethics. (2013). 112, 3, 545-548.
Mindfulness learning and contemplative inquiry in online environments. (co-authored with Christina Noyes, Gorham School District and University of Phoenix). JOE: Journal of Online Education. (2013): (main page); (article).
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.
Revisiting Martin Buber’s I-It: A rhetorical strategy. (2008). Human Communication. 11(4), 495-510. A response to phatic communication: Inviting dialogic potential. (2008). Florida Communication Journal. 37, 35-46.
Philosophical leisure as recuperative praxis: Texturing human communication. (2006). World Leisure Journal, 48(1), 13-23.

Book Chapters (selected):
Philosophical lineage: Situating voices of self and other. (2015). In Brent Sleasman (Ed.). Creating Camus: The people, events and ideas that shaped his philosophy of communication. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
Leisure and the Other: A meeting between philosophy and ethics, (2014). In Ronald C. Arnett and Pat Arneson (Eds.). Philosophy of communication ethics and the Other. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
Women and leisure: Communicative leaders for the twenty-first century. (2011). In Elesha Ruminski and Annette M. Holba (Eds.). Communicative understandings of women’s leadership development: From ceilings of glass to labyrinth paths. 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. 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. Baltimore, MD: Lexington Books (Division of Rowman & Littlefield).

Awards & Recognition
LeadershipONE Keynote Address, Winebrenner Theological Seminary (January) 2017
Article of the Year, NCA 2015
Article of the Year, ECA 2015
Visiting Scholar in Leadership, Frostburg State University 2015
Keynote, 13th National Communication Ethics Conference 2014
Top Book Award, NCA 2013
Everett Lee Hunt Book Award, ECA 2013
Past Officer’s Award for Scholarship and Service, ECA 2013
Visiting Scholar, Barrett, The Honors College, Arizona State University 2011
Spiritan Award for Alumni Scholarship, Duquesne University 2010
Top Paper in Philosophy of Communication, ECA 2010
Top Paper in Philosophy of Communication, ECA 2009
Top Paper in Forensics/Argumentation, ECA 2003

Courses Regularly Taught

  • CM-2910 Human Communication and Conflict
  • CM-3000 Rhetoric and Semiotics
  • CM-3510 Communication Media and Wellness
  • CM-3640 Communication Theory
  • CM-4900 Senior Seminar
  • CMDI-2010 Outlaws, Delinquents, and Other “Deviants” in Film and Society