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James A. Herrick, Ph.D.
The Guy VanderJagt Professor of Communication


Specialty Areas: Rhetoric, Argumentation, New Religious Movements, Technology and Spirituality, Discourse of Futurism

Dr. Herrick began his teaching career at Hope College in 1984, after attaining his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. His BA was issued by California State University in 1976, and the University of California awarded his MA in 1979. Dr. Herrick served as chair of the Hope College Department of Communication from 1993-2003. He is the 2007 recipient of the Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award.Dr. Herrick co-convened the April 2013 conference, "After the Genome: A Conference on the Language of our Biotechnological Future," held at Wake Forest University. He was invited to deliver the opening plenary address at the first Maryland Conference on Academic and Professional Writing in 2014.

Dr. Herrick's Curriculum Vitae

Courses instructed by Dr. Herrick include:
COMM 160. Analytic Skills in Communication
COMM 260. Rhetoric and Public Culture
COMM 463. Rhetorical Theory
COMM 480. Honors Seminar on Biotechnology and Human Enhancement

Books by Dr. Herrick include:

  • Visions of Technological Transcendence (Parlor Press, 2017)
  • After the Genome: A Language for our Biotechnological Future, with Michael J. Hyde (Baylor University Press, 2013) Received 2013 National Communication Association Ethics Division Edited Book of the Year Award
  • Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs (InterVarsity Press, 2008). Discussed in the Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought.
  • The Making of the New Spirituality (InterVarsity Press, 2003) Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Finalist
  • Radical Rhetoric of English Deists (Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1997)
  • The History and Theory of Rhetoric, 5th Edition (Routledge, 2015)
  • Argumentation: Understanding and Shaping Arguments, 5th Ed. (Strata, 2015)
  • Critical Thinking (1990)

Essays and Editorials written by Dr. Herrick