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Joseph Valenzano, III

Professor; Chair of Department of Communication

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Communication


Email: Joseph Valenzano, III
Phone: 937-229-2028
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  • Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2006
  • M.A., University of Maine-Orono, 2002
  • B.A., Providence College, 2000


Joe Valenzano brings expertise in rhetoric, religious discourse, and instructional communication to the department. He serves as the department’s basic course director and regularly teaches a graduate course on instructional communication. 

Joe joined UD having already served for five years as a Basic Course Director, where his program was awarded a Basic Course Program of Excellence by the National Communication Association. Joe has served as a reviewer for numerous books, as an editor for a custom textbook project, and as a focus group member for textbook development. He has also been a manuscript reviewer for numerous journals, including the Journal of Media and Religion, the Southern Journal of Communication and the Basic Course Annual. His research has also been recognized with a top-paper award from the National Communication Association.

Faculty Perspective

"I love the campus climate. Everyone really cares about each other and wants them to succeed."

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric
  • Religious Communication
  • Political Communication
  • Pedagogy

Selected Publications

Valenzano, III, J.M. & Braden, S.W. (January, 2010). The Speaker: The Tradition and Practice of Public Speaking. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press.

Engstrom, E. & Valenzano, III, J.M. (2010). "Demon hunters and hegemony: Portrayal of religion on the CW’s Supernatural." Journal of Media and Religion 9, (2), 67-83.

Edwards, J.A., Valenzano III, J.M. & Stevenson, K. (2010). "The peacekeeping mission: Bringing Stability to a Chaotic Scene." Communication Quarterly 59, 339-358.

Valenzano, III, J.M. (2009). "Framing the War on Terror in Canadian Newspapers: Cascading Activation, Canadian Leaders, and Newspapers." Southern Journal of Communication 74 (2), 174-190.

Valenzano III, J.M.  (2008). "His final homily: Pope John Paul II’s death as an affirmation of his life’s message." In Rhetoric of Pope John Paul II (Eds. Joseph R. Blaney & Joe Zompetti), p. 263-282. (Boston, MA: Lexington Books).