Benjamin R. Bates, Ph.D.

 

 

Associate Professor,

Associate Director for Graduate Studies,

and

Editor, Communication Quarterly

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 740.593.9163

 

 

Education

  • Ph.D. & M.A. (Speech Communication), The University of Georgia
  • B.A. (Speech, Theatre & Dance and Political Science), The University of Richmond

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University (2009-present)
  • Assistant Professor, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University (2003-2009)
  • Affiliate Faculty, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Ohio University (2009-present)
  • Affiliate Faculty, Center for African Studies, Center for International Studies, Ohio University (2009-present)
  • Affiliate Faculty, Communication and Development Studies Program, Center for International Studies, Ohio University (2008-present)
  • Affiliate Faculty, Political Communication Certificate Program, Department of Political Science and School of Communication Studies, Ohio University (2008-present)
  • Instructor, Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia (2003)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Speech Communication, University of Georgia (1998-2003)

Publications: Dr. Bates has published more than 50 competitively-selected articles and book chapters and made more than 100 professional presentations at the intersection of health, science, and communication studies.  He has two forthcoming books with : Medical Communication in Clinical Contexts (Kendall Hunt) and Health Communication and Mass Media (Gower). Dr. Bates has published in communication journals, including Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Review, Health Communication, and others. Dr. Bates has also published in several journals devoted to the biomedical sciences such as Journal of Genetic Counseling, Community Genetics, Clinical Genetics, Journal of the National Medical Association, Genetics in Medicine, and the American Journal of Medical Genetics. He has also sought to explore the intersection of the humanities and medical science in publications in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and the Journal of Medical Humanities. Dr. Bates has also focused on journals committed to the intersection of communication and science, including Public Understanding of Science, Medical Informatics, and Social Science & Medicine, as well as other outlets.

Honors

  • Past Presidents' Award, Eastern Communication Association, 2012
  • Top 3 Paper in Health Communication, Eastern Communication Association, 2012
  • Top Paper in Disability Studies, National Communication Association, 2011
  • Top Paper in Rhetoric and Public Address, Eastern Communication Association, 2011
  • Top 3 Paper in Health Communication, National Communication Association, 2008
  • Top Paper in Applied Communication, Eastern Communication Association, 2008
  • Top Paper in Health Communication, Central States Communication Association, 2007
  • Top 3 Paper in Visual Communication, National Communication Association, 2006
  • Top Paper in Rhetoric and Public Address, Eastern Communication Association, 2006
  • Top 3 paper in Health Communication, Eastern Communication Association, 2006
  • Top 3 Paper in Health Communication, Western States Communication Association, 2004
  • Excellence in Research by Graduate Students Award in Humanities and Letters, University of Georgia, 2003
  • Top 5 Paper in Health Communication, Eastern Communication Association, 2003
  • Fellow, School of Speech Summer Institute, "Globalization and Media Studies," Northwestern University, Summer, 2002
  • Top 5 Paper in Political Communication, National Communication Association, 2002
  • Owen J. Peterson Award in Rhetoric and Public Address, Southern States Communication Association, 2002
  • Top 4 Paper in Mass Communication, Eastern Communication Association, 2001
  • Top Paper in Popular Communication, Southern States Communication Association, 2000
  • Top Paper in Gender Studies, Southern States Communication Association, 2000; among others.

Research Interests: Dr. Bates’s research is in the public understanding of complex policy formation.  Specifically, he investigates communication campaigns in the context of public and environmental health and public understanding of health and healing.  He has also taught and researched in southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Bates has served as Chair for the Rhetoric and Public Address Interest Group the Health Communication Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association.

Teaching: Rhetorical Studies, Health Communication.  Undergraduate courses include: Argumentative Analysis and Advocacy, Communication Theory, Persuasion, Courtroom Rhetoric, Political Rhetoric, Communication and the Campaign. Graduate courses include: Introduction to Health Communication, Introduction to Rhetoric and Public Culture, Public Understanding of Health and Healing, Rhetoric and Popular Culture.