Christopher Darr

Christopher Darr,  Ph.D.

Chair of Communication and Performing Arts, Associate Professor of Communication Arts

I am an Associate Professor of Communication Arts and the Chair of Communication. My favorite classes to teach include Argumentation and Debate, Political Communication, and Research Methods.

My research focuses on political communication, specifically congressional rhetoric. I have published journal articles and book chapters on civility in American politics, Supreme Court confirmation hearings, and Kenneth Burke.

In addition, I strive to serve the community and enhance the learning of my students by incorporating public events and community interaction into the curriculum. For instance, my Argumentation and Debate class holds an annual debate that is open to the campus and community, where we have debated topics like drug laws, hate speech, and drug testing for student athletes. In another example, my Interviewing class recently held an employment interviewing workshop, where they gave mock interviews to members of the Kokomo community who are currently on the job market.

Teaching Awards and Honors

  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University Kokomo, September 2017
  • Member, Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching. Inducted 2016.
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Student Government Association, Indiana University Kokomo, 2013
  • Claude Rich Excellence in Teaching Award, Indiana University Kokomo, 2012