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Todd S. Frobish

Professor and Department Chair
Department of Communication

Office:  Telecomm 207
Phone:  672-1206
Fax:  672-1964
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AA, Manatee Community College,1994
BA, Communication Studies, University of Florida, 1996
MA, Speech Communication, Northeast Louisiana University, 1997
PhD, Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University,2002

Dr. Frobish is currently the Chair of the Department of Communication, Languages, and Culture at Fayetteville State University. He is the 2011-12 UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award Winner, and the 2007-08 FSU Teacher of the Year! He has served as the President of the American Communication Association, Vice-President Elect of the New York State Communication Association, and as Chair of several divisions at regional and state communication associations. He is a Fulbright Fellow, having participated in the 2006 Summer Seminars Abroad program in Hungary. In 2015 Dr. Frobish became a Fellow of China Studies Institute.


SPEE 200: Intro to Public Speaking
COMM 250: Presentation Technologies
COMM 275: Crisis Communication
COMM 332: Problems in Media Communication
COMM 310: Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 315: Computer Mediated Communication
COMM 365: Speechwriting
COMM 401: Argumentation and Debate
COMM 490: Communication Research

RESEARCH Public Address
Rhetorical Criticism
Political Communication
Classical Rhetorical Theory
Computer-Mediated Communication
The Rhetoric of Technology


Frobish, T. (2007). Portents of the Potent Pornographer: A Rhetorical Examination of the Ten Online Strategies Successful Pornographers Exploit to Earn Profit. In Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, B, and Płudowski, T., and Tanno, D. (Eds). The Media and International Communication. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang.

Frobish, T. Ed. (2007). Crises in American Oratory: A History of Rhetorical Inadequacy. Dubuque, IO: Kendall Hunt.

Frobish, T. (2006, Spring). Challenges and Possibilities for Future Contributors of Online Journals. Global Media Journal, 1 (1).

Frobish, T. (2006, March). The Virtual Vatican: A Case Study Regarding Online Ethos. Journal of Communication and Religion, 29, 38-69

Frobish, T. (2005, August). The Role of Ethos in Rhetorical Conversion: The Case of Ernst Jünger and Auf den Marmorklippen. International Journal of Communication, 15, 245-71.

Frobish,T.(2004, April). Sexual Profiteering and Rhetorical Assuagement: Examining Ethos and Identity at Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

He is currently working on Crises in American Oratory: A History of Rhetorical Inadequacy, an edited anthology of the famous failed speeches throughout American History

Articles and Book Reviews have been published in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Journal of Communication and Religion, Communication Education, Global Media Journal, American Communication Journal, Southern Communication Journal, Rhetoric Review, Peace Review, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of International Communication.

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