Fall 2016 Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:50-10:50 a.m.; Monday 12-2 p.m.; or by appointment
Dr. Gatchet holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and he completed both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Language at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined our faculty in 2015 and teaches undergraduate courses in public speaking, communication theory, and rhetorical theory and criticism, as well as a graduate course that surveys foundational theories of communication.
Dr. Gatchet's research interests focus on the rhetoric of popular culture and music, public memory, and social movements. He also incorporates oral history methods in his work, and he has spent the past several years interviewing blues musicians in Austin, Texas through partnerships with the Project in Interpreting the Texas Past and Baylor University's Institute for Oral History, which awarded him the Charlton Oral History Research Grant in 2014-2015. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Oral History Association's Elizabeth B. Mason's Project Award. He is currently pursuing two lines of research: (1) how authenticity has become a principle category around which people organize and make sense of their lives and identities, and (2) public memory and the rhetoric of civil rights tourism in the state of Mississippi.
Dr. Gatchet's research has appeared in edited collections as well as the journal Oral History Review, and he is also a contributing writer for the magazine Living Blues. Most recently, he published a coauthored book chapter with Amanda Davis Gatchet (Montgomery County Community College) that critiques the conservative rhetoric surrounding the same-sex marriage debate in California; it appears in Contemporary Studies of Sexuality (Eds. Jimmie Manning & Carey Noland). Dr. Gatchet is the faculty advisor for the department's chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association's honor society. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, gardening, and playing harmonica.