Todd F. McDorman
Todd McDorman joined the Wabash faculty in 1998. His primary research program has focused on the rhetoric of law with particular interest in marginalized groups. This has resulted in work on topics such as the right-to-die and the Dred Scott case. Much of Professor McDorman’s recent work has examined the rhetoric of sport, with a particular emphasis on the redemptive efforts of banished baseball icon Pete Rose to repair his image and gain re-entry into baseball. Five times he has presented this scholarly work at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Professor McDorman served as Wabash's first Senior Associate Dean of the College from 2014-2018. He is co-chair of the Committee for Institutional Improvement, serves on the Lecture and Film Committee, and coordinates the annual Wabash College Moot Court competition. He previously has chaired the Rhetoric Department, Distribution Committee, Pre-Law Committee, Undergraduate Research Committee, and Freshman Tutorial (co-chair), and was the lead writer on the College's 2012 institutional self study and 2017 Assurance Argument. Professor McDorman, his wife (Kelly), and his three children (Dana, Lily, and Carter) live close to campus and attend many campus events. He is something of sports fanatic, with particular affinity for baseball, the Cincinnati Reds, and sports trivia. He is also a recreational runner who participates in half-marathons.
Ph.D. in Speech Communication, Indiana University Bloomington, 1998
M.A. in Speech Communication, Miami University (Oxford , OH), 1993
B.A. in Communication Studies and Political Science, Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), 1992
Rhetoric 101 Public Speaking
Rhetoric 201 Reasoning and Advocacy
Rhetoric 270 Rhetoric of Sport
Rhetoric 370 Visual Rhetoric
Rhetoric 497 Senior Seminar
Freshman Tutorial: Baseball and American Identity
- “On Statues and Statutory Rape: Pete Rose and the Limits of Nostalgia," 11th Summit on Coomunication and Sport, April 27, 2018.
- “#14FOREVER: Nostalgia, Pete Rose and the Cincinnati Reds," 29th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, May 31, 2017.
- “One for the Books”: (Re)Constructing Baseball History, Memory, and Community. 26th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, May 29, 2014.
- The 34th Annual LaFollette Lecture, “One for the Books: Rhetoric, Community, and Memory” (October 10, 2013). News Story, YouTube
- “Writing Charlie Hustle: The Pete Rose Story and Autobiographical Image Making.” 25th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, May 29, 2013, Cooperstown, NY.
- “Before He Changed My Story: Revisiting Pete Rose’s Denial of Baseball Gambling.” 24th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, May 30, 2012, Cooperstown, NY.
- Donovan Bisbee and Todd F. McDorman, “’Nobody’s Perfect’: Armando Galarraga, Jim Joyce, and an almost Perfect Game.” 5th Summit on Communication and Sport, March 30, 2012, Peoria, IL.
Jennifer Y. Abbott, Todd F. McDorman, David M. Timmerman, and L. Jill Lamberton, Public Speaking and Democratic Participation: Speaking, Listening, and Deliberating in the Civic Realm. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Todd F. McDorman and David M. Timmerman, eds. Rhetoric and Democracy: Pedagogical and Political Practices. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2008.
“’One for the Books’: (Re)Constructing Baseball History, Memory, and Community.” In The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2013-2014 (pp. 225-241), William M. Simons (ed.), McFarland, 2015.
“The Making of Charlie Hustle: Pete Rose and the American Dream, 1963-1985.” In The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2009-2010 (pp. 140-154), William M. Simons (ed.). McFarland, 2011.
“History, Collective Memory, and the Supreme Court: Debating ‘the people’ through the Dred Scott Controversy.” Southern Communication Journal 71 (2006): 213-234.
Todd F. McDorman, Kurt Casper, Aaron Logan, and Sean McGinley, "Where Have All the Heroes Gone? An Exploration of Cultural Therapy in Jerry Maguire, For Love of the Game, and Any Given Sunday." Journal of Sport and Social Issues 30 (2006): 197-218.
“Controlling Death: Bio-Power and the Right-to-Die Controversy.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 2 (2005): 257-279.
"The Rhetorical Resurgence of Pete Rose: A Second-Chance Apologia." In Case Studies in Sport Communication (pp 1-25), Robert S. Brown and Daniel O'Rourke (eds.). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2003.
“Challenging Constitutional Authority: African American Responses to Scott v. Sandford. Quarterly Journal of Speech 83 (1997): 192-209.
2016-2017 Council of Independent College's Senior Leadership Academy program participant
Lead scholar for 43rd Annual National Undergraduate Honors Conference at DePauw University, April 20-22, 2017. Mentor for students selected for conference participation and public presentation
Thirty-Fourth Annual LaFollette Lecturer, Wabash College, October 10, 2013
Visiting Scholar studying “Public Speaking as a Liberal Art,” Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, Wabash College, Fall 2009.
Rose B. Johnson SCJ Article Award for Volume 71, 2006 of the Southern Communication Journal for “History, Collective Memory, and the Supreme Court: Debating ‘the people’ through the Dred Scott Controversy.”
2006-07 McLain, McTurnan, Arnold Research Scholar Award
Visiting Scholar, Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, Wabash College, Spring 2005.
The Richard O. Ristine Law Award, presented by the Wabash College Pre-Law Society in recognition of contributions to Wabash College and the practice of law, March 23, 2003.
McDorman discusses his new position as Associate Dean of the College and his work in the rhetoric department.
MAJORS & MINORS
- ASIAN STUDIES (MINOR)
- BLACK STUDIES (MINOR)
- BUSINESS (MINOR)
- COMPUTER SCIENCE
- EDUCATION STUDIES (MINOR)
- ELECTRONIC MUSIC (MINOR)
- ENGINEERING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
- FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA (MINOR)
- GENDER STUDIES (MINOR)
- Global Health (MINOR)
- HISPANIC STUDIES
- MODERN LANGUAGES
- MULTICULTURAL AMER. STUDIES (MINOR)
- Neuroscience (MINOR)
- PRE-MEDICINE (PRE-PROFESSIONAL)
- POLITICAL SCIENCE