Office:Communication and Media Studies, Memorial Hall Rm 205, Plymouth, NH 03264
M. A. in Personal and Organizational Wellness (Plymouth State University, 2018)
Graduate Certificate in College Teaching (University of New Hampshire, 2009)
Ph.D. 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)
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 Leadership Graduate Program.
Philosophy of communication inquiry: An introduction. (2021). Cognella.
Redesigning higher education: A small New England public university changes higher education. (2020). Peter Lang Publishing. (co-authors: Donald L. Birx and Pat Bahr).
Phoenix rising: Seeing tomorrow today in higher education. New Directions for Higher EducationSeries (2019). (co-editor, Patricia T. Bahr) Book Volume 185. Wiley Publications.
An encyclopedia of communication ethics. (2018). 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 at Duquesne University). Everett Lee Hunt Book Award, ECA, 2013. Top Book Award, National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division, 2013.
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).
Selected Book Chapters: 2010-2023
On Thinking and Dialogue in the Context of AI: Seeking Ethical Ground. (2023). Listening: The Journal of Communication, Ethics, and Culture.
Developing Integral Dialogic Editing Insight: Hermeneutic Humility in Practice (2023). In Dialogic Editing in Academic and Professional Writing Engaging the Trace of the Other. (Eds. Janie M. Harden Fritz, Ozum Ucok-Sayrak, & Kristen L. Majocha). Routledge.
Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Leisure through Social Media (2022). (co-editors: Berrin Beasley and Pamela Zeiser) Social Media Ethics in COVID-19: Well-Being, Truth, Misinformation, and Authenticity (Lexington Press).
Integral Learning and Working: Becoming a Learning Organization (2019). (co-authors: Donald L. Birx, Patricia T. Bahr, Mark J. Fischler). New Directions for Higher Education Series, vol. 185. Awarded Top Downloaded Chapter from Wiley Publications, April 2020.
Editor’s Notes. In Phoenix rising: Seeing tomorrow today in higher education (2019). New Directions for Higher Education, Volume 185.
Leaning into Death: A Philosophy of Equanimity. (2021). In Brent Sleasman and David Barbee (Eds.) Sacred Rhetoric. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
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).
Selected Journal Articles: 2010-2023
Editor’s Introduction: Continuing (forthcoming, 2022). Journal of Dialogic Ethics: Interfaith and Interhuman Perspectives.
Semioethics and Interfaith Action: Jane Addams and “The Fellowship of the Deed” (2023). Journal of Dialogic Ethics: Interfaith and Interhuman Perspectives.
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. *Earned NCA Communication Ethics Article of the Year Award 2015
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. *Earned ECA Article of the Year Award 2015.
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.
Book Review for, Corey Anton. Sources of significance: Worldly rejuvenation and neo-stoic heroism. (West LaFayette, IN: Purdue University Press). Journal of Communication. (2012). 62(1), E13-E18.
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.
Book review for: Omar Swartz, Katia Campbell, and Christina Pestana. Neo-pragmatism, communication and the culture of creative democracy. (New York: Peter Lang, 2009). Quarterly Journal of Speech, 2010.
Leisure and political communication. (2010). Review of Communication. 10(1), 20-37.
Encyclopedic Entries: (2010-2023)
Appiah, K. A. (2018). An Encyclopedia of communication ethics: Goods in Contention. (Eds., Arnett, Holba, & Mancino. New York: Peter Lang.
Irigary, L. (2018). An Encyclopedia of communication ethics: Goods in Contention. (Eds., Arnett, Holba, & Mancino. New York: Peter Lang.
Noddings, N. (2018). An Encyclopedia of communication ethics: Goods in Contention. (Eds., Arnett, Holba, & Mancino. New York: Peter Lang
Person. Encyclopedia of Identity. (2010) Ronald Jackson (Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Pieper, J. (2018). An Encyclopedia of communication ethics: Goods in Contention. (Eds., Arnett, Holba, & Mancino. New York: Peter Lang.
Pluralism. Encyclopedia of Identity. (2010) Ronald Jackson (Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
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