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Academics Rhetoric Faculty & Staff

Academics Rhetoric Faculty & Staff

Sara A. Mehltretter Drury

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF RHETORIC, DEPT CHAIR
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CONTACT:
Fine Arts Center S208
765-361-6393
drurys@wabash.edu
Curriculum vitae
Sara A. Mehltretter Drury is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and the Director of the Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse initiative.  Her research analyzes the quality and character of public discourse in the United States. Her specific interests include the theories and practices of democratic deliberation, presidential rhetoric, the rhetoric of national security, political campaigns, and the rhetoric of religion. 
 
Dr. Drury has offered workshops on facilitation, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and civic engagement to a variety of groups, including the Indiana Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (with Michelle Janssen), NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Lead Initiative, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College, Campus Compact, and the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program.
 
Dr. Drury earned her B.A. degree summa cum laude in Communication and Political Science at Boston College, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She did her graduate work at the Pennsylvania State University, earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts. In 2010-2011, she worked as a Research Associate at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, where she took part in Kettering’s research on democratic principles and practices.
 
Outside of the classroom, Professor Drury enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and travel. A native of Buffalo, New York, she is a loyal Bills and Sabres fan, and has a discerning palate for the delicacy known to Buffalonians simply as “wings.”
 
Drury talks rhetoric, its importance on campus, politics and the Democracy and Public Discourse initiative.

 

 

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University
M.A. in Communication Arts and Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University
B.A. summa cum laude in Communication and Political Science, Boston College

 

RECENT COURSE OFFERINGS
RHE 101 Public Speaking
RHE 270 Political Campaign Rhetoric
RHE 290 Deliberation
RHE 320 Classical Rhetoric
RHE 370 Rhetoric of Religion
 
RECENT PRESENTATIONS
Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter. “Can Deliberation Make a Difference? Lessons from Wabash Democracy & Public Discourse.” Invited Lecture, Davidson College, September 23, 2019.
 
Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter. “Rhetorics of Expertise and Local Knowledge in Citizens’ Juries on Wind Farm Development.” Invited Colloquium Lecture, University of Canberra, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Australia. May 7, 2019.
 
Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter and Dale A. Herbeck. “Donald Trump’s Ad Hominem in the 2016 Election.” Presented at the ISSA Conference, Amsterdam, July 2018.
 
Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter and Dale A. Herbeck. “Style Trumps Substance: The Enduring Legacy of the Great Debate of September 26, 1960.” Presented at the AFA/NCA Argumentation Conference, Alta, Utah, July 2017.
 
Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter. “‘We Have Defaulted on a Promissory Note’: Pope Francis I’s Concatenate Circulation during His 2015 Visit to the United States.” Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2016.
 
 
 
RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Select Scholarly Publications (see also Google Scholar profile)
**indicates Wabash student co-author.

Kuehl, Rebecca A., Jenn Anderson, Sara A. Mehltretter Drury, Amanda Holman, Cerise Hunt, and Jay L. Leighter. “Creating a Multidisciplinary Dialogue about Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships of Health and Medicine.” Rhetoric of Health & Medicine 3 (2020): 93-132. DOI:10.5744/rhm.2020.1004.

Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter, Nicholas S. Paliewicz, and Sara A. Mehltretter Drury. “Argument Pedagogy for Everyday Life.” Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2 (2019): 37-42. DOI:10.31446/JCP.2019.0

Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter. “The Traditions and Expectations of Presidential Debates.” In Televised Presidential Debates in a Changing Media Environment, edited by Edward A. Hinck, Chapter 1. ABC-CLIO, 2019.

Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter, Anne Gibson Bost, Laura M. Wysocki, and Amanda L. Ingram. “Encouraging Science Communication through Deliberative Pedagogy: A Study of Gene Editing Deliberation in a Nonmajors Biology Course.” Journal of Biology and Microbiology Education, 19(1), doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1494. .v19i1.1494 

Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter, and Rebecca A. Kuehl (Editors). Communication Quarterly special issue on "The Rhetoric of the 2016 Election." Volume 66, issue 2.

Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter, **Kyle Stucker, **Anthony Douglas, Ryan A. Rush, Walter R. P. Novak, & Laura M. Wysocki. “Using a Deliberation of Energy Policy as an Educational Tool in a Nonmajors Chemistry Course.” Journal of Chemical Education, 93 (2016): 1879-1885. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00514

Drury, Sara A. M., **Derek Andre, **Seton Goddard, and **Jeremy Wentzel. "Assessing Deliberative Pedagogy: Using a Learning Outcomes Rubric to Assess Tradeoffs and Tensions." Journal of Public Deliberation, 12 (2016): http://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol12/iss1/art5/.

Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter and Dale A. Herbeck. “Remembering and Re-creating the Great Debates of 1960: Presidential Libraries as Sites for Historical Argumentation.” Communication Quarterly, 64 (2016): 173-192.

Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter, and Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury. "Engagement through the Oval Office: Presidential Rhetoric as Civic Education." In Civic Education in the Twenty-First Century: A Multidimensional Inquiry, edited by Michael T. Rogers and Donald M. Gooch, 161-186. Lexington Books, 2015.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Outstanding New Teacher Award, Central States Communication Association. 2016.
[CSCA Newsletter]
 
Top Competitive Paper Award in Argumentation and Forensics Division, “Spheres of Argument in Climate Change Deliberations in an Undergraduate Biology Classroom,” co-authored with **Adam Burtner and **Terry Majors. Central States Communication Association Convention, April 2015. 
 
40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire. Nerdscholar. 2014.
 
Phi Beta Kappa, Boston College.
 
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

“Examining the Effects of Training Undergraduate Chemistry Students How to Deliberate.” $599,297. National Science Foundation, Award ID: 2012931. October 1, 2020-September 30, 2023. Co-Project Investigators: Laura M. Wysocki and Sara A. Mehltretter Drury.

Indiana Humanities Action Fellow, Inaugural Class. Indiana Humanities. Selected for the first cohort of 8 humanities scholars in Indiana devoted to public work. 2019-2021.

Indiana Humanities Speakers Bureau, 2019-2020.

Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 2017-2018.

"Encouraging Science Communication in the Wabash College Chemistry Department." National Science Foundation: Division of Undergraduate Education. Award #1503919. October 1, 2015-September 30, 2017. Co-Project Investigators: Laura M. Wysocki and Sara A. Mehltretter Drury.

Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant for Baby-Friendly Brookings. South Dakota State University. 2013-2015. Co-Project Investigators: Jennifer Anderson and Rebecca Kuehl, South Dakota State University. Deliberation process consultant and moderator: Sara A. Mehltretter Drury. 

“Civic Engagement and Deliberation: Exploring a Center for Democracy and Public Discourse.” Great Lakes College Association New Directions Initiative Grant. 2013-2014. Co-Project Investigator, with Todd McDorman, Jennifer Abbott, Sara A. Mehltretter Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury, and Jill Lamberton.