Herrick Holds Vander Jagt
Chair in Communication
James Herrick of the Hope College communication faculty is the
Vander Jagt Professor of Communication.
Herrick is a professor of communication and chair of the department
at Hope. He was appointed to the Vander Jagt Chair by the college's
Board of Trustees.
The professorship is named in honor of Guy A. Vander Jagt, and
was established in appreciation of his leadership in the U.S. House
of Representatives. A 1953 Hope graduate, he served in the House
from 1966 to 1992, representing the Ninth District of Michigan.
He now practices law in the Washington, D.C., office of the law
firm of Baker & Hostetler.
The chair was established in 1984. Its first recipient, Dr. Theodore
Nielsen, retired at the end of the 1999-2000 academic year.
Herrick has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1984. He specializes
in courses in argumentation and rhetoric.
His publications include the books "The History and Theory
of Rhetoric: An Introduction," "The Radical Rhetoric
of the English Deists: The Discourse of Skepticism, 1680-1750," "Argumentation:
Understanding and Shaping Arguments" and "Critical Thinking:
The Analysis of Arguments." His newest book, "The New
Religious Synthesis," is being scheduled for publication later
this year by InterVarsity Press.
He has written three entries for the "New Dictionary
of National Biography" and one for "The International
Encyclopedia of Censorship." He has also had numerous articles
appear in scholarly and popular publications in addition to presenting
several papers at professional conventions.
He serves on the editorial boards of "Argumentation and Advocacy" and "The
Journal of the Association for Communication Administration." In
addition, he was invited by Thomas Benson of Penn State to be a
member of the first and founding editorial board of the new electronic
journal "The Review of Communication."
Herrick is an active member of the National Communication Association.
He is a past recipient of research awards from the National Endowment
for the Humanities and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation,
and was recognized for excellence in teaching by the Graduate School
of the University of Wisconsin.
He delivered the address during the opening convocation at Hope
Herrick holds his bachelor's degree from California State University.
He received his M.A. from the University of California, and his
Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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college on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty member.
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