Michael Tumolo, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D.: The Pennsylvania State University: University Park, PA, 2008
Major: Communication Arts and Sciences (Rhetorical Theory and Criticism)
Minor Areas: Philosophy, Social Thought
Dissertation: Just Remembering: The Experience of Rhetoric and Public Memory

M.A.: Indiana University: Bloomington, IN, 2002
Major: Communication and Culture (Rhetoric and Media)

B.A.: University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA, 2000
Major: Communication (Rhetorical and Media Criticism)
Minor: English Literature (Earned Certificate in Children’s Literature)

Research

Book

Articles, Chapters, and Book Reviews             

  • Tumolo, Michael Warren and Jennifer Biedendorf. “Televisual Public Address: Strategic Use of Empathy in Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Straight Man in a Gay World.’” Manuscript accepted for publication in volume 21, Issue 6 of the Qualitative Report.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren and Jennifer Biedendorf. “Subversive Identification and the Coincidentia Oppositorum in Ursula LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea” Book chapter under contract for an edited volume entitled The Rhetorical Power of Children’s Literature on Lexington Books.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “A Sublimed Experience of the Rhetoric of Plato’s Republic.” Manuscript accepted for publication in Volume 24, Issue 2 of the Atlantic Journal of Communication.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “On Critical Faith and Metacritical Agnosticism: Nietzsche, Socrates, and the Searches for Knowledge.” Manuscript accepted for publication in Volume 24, Issue 2 of the Atlantic Journal of Communication.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. Review of Reclaiming Queer: Activist & Academic Rhetorics of Resistance. Review accepted for publication in Volume 19, Issue 2 of Rhetoric & Public Affairs.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren, Jennifer Biedendorf, and Kevin Ayotte. “Un/civil Mourning: Remembering Jacques Derrida.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 44.2 (2014): 107-128 (lead article).
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Political Activism as a Heath-Giving Activity: Transforming Silence into Language and Action.” In Left Out: Health Care Issues Facing LGBT People, edited by Vickie Harvey and Teresa Housel, 189-202. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2014.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. Review of Prisoners of Conscience: Moral Vernaculars of Political Agency, by Gerard A. Hauser. Rhetoric & Public Affairs 16.3 (2013): 591-594.
  • Tumolo, Michael. “On Useful Rhetorical History.” Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric 1 (2011): 55-62.
  • Placone, Ronald A. and Michael Tumolo. “Interrupting the Machine: Cynic Comedy in the ‘Rally for Sanity and/or Fear.’” Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric 1 (2011): 10-21.
  • Tumolo, Michael. “Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Greatest Fiction: The Epideictic Function in Pierce’s Presidential Campaign.” In The Functions of Argument in Context, edited by Dennis S. Gouran, 499-505. Washington, D.C.: The National Communication Associate, 2010.
  • Tumolo, Michael. “Teaching Democracy in Action.” In Faculty Voices, 37-38. Stanislaus, CA: Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 2009-2010.
  • Tumolo, Michael. “Know Thyself.” In Faculty Voices, 57-59. Stanislaus, CA: Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 2008-2009.
  • Tumolo, Michael. Review of Framing Public Memory, edited by Kendall Phillips. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 37 (2007): 101-104.
  • Tumolo, Michael. Review of Veil Politics in Liberal Democratic States, by Ajume H. Wingo. Quarterly Journal of Speech 90 (2004): 370-372.

Under Review / In progress             

  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Rhetorical Functions of Music in U.S. Political Campaigns.” Essay under review.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Inauthentic History and Authentic Memory in John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley.” Essay being completed for journal submission.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “The Semiosis of War: John Steinbeck’s The Moon is Down.” Essay being completed for journal submission.

Select Research Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Student Engagement in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant (SERSCA), Awarded Fall 2015, California State University, Stanislaus, for hiring one undergraduate student assistant (Fall 2015)
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant (RSCA), Awarded Spring 2015, California State University, Stanislaus, for conducting research at the National Holocaust Museum and Memorial in Washington D.C. and for hiring an undergraduate student assistant (Spring 2015)
  • SERSCA Grant (SERSCA), Awarded Spring 2015, California State University, Stanislaus, for hiring two undergraduate student assistants (Spring 2015)
  • Faculty / Student Research Grant, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Duquesne University (Fall-Spring 2011-2012)
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant, Awarded Fall 2008, California State University, Stanislaus, for conducting research on President Franklin Pierce at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. (Fall 2008)
  • Rock Ethics Institute Dissertation Fellowship, Rock Ethics Institute, The Pennsylvania State University (Spring 2006)
  • Communication Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, Communication Arts and Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University (Spring 2005)
  • Research and Graduate Studies Office Travel Award, The Pennsylvania State University, (April 2005)
  • Research Award, Communication Arts and Sciences Research Grant, The Pennsylvania State University, for conducting research at the National Holocaust Museum and Memorial in Washington D.C. (Spring 2005)
  • Fellowship, “Diaspora Performance: Theory, History, Praxis” Summer Seminar at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (July 21-25, 2003)
  • Fellowship, “Rhetorical Agencies and Political Imaginaries” Summer Seminar at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (June 22-29, 2003)

Scholarly Presentations (Competitively Selected)

  • Tumolo, Michael Warren and Jennifer Biedendorf. “Televisual Public Address: Strategic Use of Empathy in Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Straight Man in a Gay World.’” Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2013.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Inauthentic History and Authentic Memory in John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL, November 2012.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Hexadic Explanations: Using a Burkean Frame of Attitudes to Explain President Pierce’s Veto Message to Congress.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Cambridge, MA, April 2012.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “For ‘Ever’ Green: Marketing Communication and the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Fight for Intellectual Monopoly Privileges.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Cambridge, MA, April 2012.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Pedagogy and the Preservation of Soul in Professional Communication Courses.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Cambridge, MA, April 2012.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “The All Consuming Family: Parenting Magazine’s Marketing Appeals to New Parents.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, November 2011.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Kenneth Burke and the Semiosis of War.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2011.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren, Jennifer Biedendorf, and Kevin Ayotte. “Un/civil Mourning: Remembering Jacques Derrida.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Arlington, VA, April 2011.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “The Moon is Down: John Steinbeck’s Comic Corrective?” Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Arlington, VA, April 2011.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Lessons on Consciousness from the 1979 President's Commission on the Holocaust.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, November 2009.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Greatest Fiction: Moral Nullification in Pierce’s Presidential Campaign.” Paper presented at the 16th Alta Conference on Argumentation, Snowbird, UT, July 2009.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Never Again? On the Politics of Recognizing Genocide.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA, November 2008.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “‘I’m Calling Today to Mislead You’: From Social Movement to Social Maintenance in Corporate Non-Market Lobbying.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA, November 2008.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Hate Crime and International Protest: Rhetorical Transformations of Silence into Language and Action.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, November 2007.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “The Anti-Democratic Guarantee in Declared ‘Democracy.’” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, San Antonio, TX, November 2006.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Subterranean Grassroots: An Analysis of the Rhetoric of Control in Corporate Non-Market Strategies.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, San Antonio, TX, November 2006.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “The Rhetoric of ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington:’ Text, Context, Fragments.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Boston, MA, November 2005.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Making the Past Useful with Epideictic Cultural Criticism: Frederick Douglass and Abstinence-Only Education.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Boston, MA, November 2005.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “The Politics of Public Memory: Remembering Ethics and Justice in Narrative Trials of Adolf Eichmann.” Paper presented at the Hannah Arendt Conference, State College, PA, October 2005.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Experiencing the Rhetoric of Plato's Republic.” Paper presented at the Contesting Public Memories Conference, Syracuse, NY, October 2005.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Nietzsche and the Politics of Public Memory.” Paper presented in the Rhetoric Society of America Institute Workshop on “Rhetoric and the Study of Public Memory,” Kent, OH, May 27-29, 2005.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren and Jennifer Biedendorf, “Rhetorical Transformations in the Aesthetic Sublime: Vesperbild, Pietà, and Ecstasies.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2005.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Nationalistic Identification in ‘The Klan’s Fight for Americanism.’” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, November 2004.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren and Jennifer Biedendorf, “Everybody Dances with Death: La Danse Macabre’s Visual Response to the Black Death.” Paper presented at the International Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Austin, TX, May 2004.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Crafting a Rhetorical Vision On the Road.” Paper presented at the Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, University Park, PA, July 2003.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Speaking with Silence: The National Day of Silence Project’s Meta-Scapegoat Narrative.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Miami Beach, FL, November 2003.
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Screams of Silence: Imposed Cultural Invisibility: An Analysis of the Organizational Rhetoric of Mediated Degenerative ‘Medicine’ Texts.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, November 2002. 
  • Tumolo, Michael Warren. “Liberated Woman as Trope of Justification and Containment in Laura Bush’s Radio Address to the Nation.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Union for Democratic Communication, State College, Pennsylvania, October 2002, and at the meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, November 2002.

Teaching

Courses Taught (2000-present at Indiana University, Penn State, Duquesne, and CSU, Stanislaus)

Lower-level Courses

  • Public Speaking / Public Communication
  • Honors Communication Seminar
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics in Media and Journalism

Mid-level Courses

  • Public Relations
  • History of Communication
  • Professional Communication
  • Communication in the Marketplace
  • Argumentation and Critical Thinking

Upper-level Courses

  • Public Relations Campaigns
  • Communication Theory
  • Public Relations Functions in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC)
  • Advertising Functions in IMC
  • Public Relations Strategies in IMC
  • Event Planning
  • Persuasive Messages
  • Freedom of Speech and Press
  • Rhetorical Criticism of American Public Address
  • The Rhetoric of Consciousness: Special Topics in the Historical Development of Rhetorical Theory
  • The Agency of Language: Memory, Judgment, and Knowledge: Special Topics in Argumentation and Advocacy
  • Democratic Theory in Practice: Special Topics in Argumentation and Advocacy
  • Truth, Trope, and Articulation: Special Topics in Argumentation and Advocacy
  • Rhetoric of Film and Television: Italian Neorealist Cinema
  • International Study: The Rhetoric of Travel Literature—American and British Writers in Italy from the 19th Century to the Present
  • The Rhetoric of Rome: Street and Studio
  • Senior Capstone: Public Memory

Graduate Courses

  • Event Planning and Communication Architecture
  • Public Relations Strategies

Professional Service and Development

  • Co-chair and 2016 Program Planner, Public Address Division, Eastern Communication Association (2015-present)
  • Faculty Mentor, Sophomore Success Program, California State University, Stanislaus (2015- present)
  • Chair, APR & Assessment Committee, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (2014-2015)
  • Mentor, Faculty Mentor Program for at risk, minority, and first generation college students, California State University, Stanislaus (2008-2010, 2014-present)
  • Member, Student Success Committee, California State University, Stanislaus (2015- present)
  • Member, Branding and Identity Committee, California State University, Stanislaus (2015)
  • Member, APR, Assessment, Awards & Scholarships Committee, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (2014-2015)
  • Member, Ad Hoc Budget & Planning Committee, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (2014-2015)
  • Advisor to the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Duquesne University (2010 - 2013)
  • Reviewer Dissertation Awards for the Communication and Critical Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association (2012)
  • Reviewer, Public Address Division of the Eastern Communication Association (2012)
  • Director of Undergraduate Student Research Initiatives, Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University (2011 - 2013)
  • Reviewer, Public Address Division of the National Communication Association (2005, 2006, 2007, 2012)
  • Reviewer, Communication and Critical Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association (2006, 2011)
  • Reviewer Rhetorical & Communications Theory Division of the National Communication Association (2011)
  • Representative to the Faculty Senate, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (2009-2010)
  • Chair, Scholarship Committee, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (2009-2010)
  • Member, Human Subjects Committee, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (2009-2010)
  • Communications Major and Journalism Minor Advisor, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (2009-2010)
  • Honors Society Advisor, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (Spring 2010)
  • Library Liaison, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (2009-2010)
  • Panelist, the Faculty Mentor Program’s Graduate School Mini-Retreat designed to teach undergraduate students how to apply for graduate programs, California State University, Stanislaus (March 2009)
  • Member, Graduate Committee, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (2008-2009)
  • Member, Scholarship Committee, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus (2008-2009)
  • Assistant to the Director, Study Abroad Program in Rome, Italy, The Pennsylvania State University’s Sede di Roma (May-June 2006 and May-June 2007)
  • Public Debate Coordinator, Communication Arts and Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University (2003-2007)
  • Panelist, Forum on the Communication Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Programs, Communication Arts and Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University (September 2006)
  • Mentor, Communication Arts and Sciences Mentoring Program for incoming Teaching Assistants, The Pennsylvania State University (2003-2006)
  • President, Communication Arts and Sciences Graduate Forum, The Pennsylvania State University (2004-2005)
  • Organizer and Participant for the Communication Arts and Sciences Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts, The Pennsylvania State University (Fall 2005)
  • Organizer and Participant for the Communication Arts and Sciences Tsunami Relief Efforts, The Pennsylvania State University (Spring 2005)
  • Intellectual Concerns Officer, Communication Arts and Sciences Graduate Forum, The Pennsylvania State University (2003-2004)
  • Organizer, with Tamara Afifi, of Communication Arts and Sciences Colloquium Series, The Pennsylvania State University (2003-2004)
  • Preparing Future Faculty development session at Arizona State West, Phoenix, AZ (March 17-20, 2002)
  • Mentor, Department of Communication and Culture Mentoring Program, Indiana University (2001-2002)
  • Preparing Future Faculty Program, Department of Communication and Culture Mentoring Program, Indiana University (2001-2002)
  • Speech Evaluator, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University (Jan. 2001 - May 2001)
  • Speech Coach, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University (Aug. 2001 – May 2002)