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12/11/2008 Linfield fall commencement scheduled Dec. 21

McMINNVILLE – A total of 107 candidates for degrees will be presented at the Linfield College fall commencement Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

There are 24 candidates for bachelor's degrees from the McMinnville Campus, 45 from the Portland Campus and 38 from the Division of Continuing Education.

Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts and director of forensics, will present the commencement address, "'They Just Disappear': Free Speech and Learning in the Global Community."

Closing convocation for the Portland Campus will be held immediately following commencement at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Prior to joining the Linfield faculty in 2001, Miller taught at Hofstra University and Eastern Oregon University. He has a bachelor's in interpersonal communication and a master's in rhetorical criticism from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in speech communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Miller’s research interests include political rhetoric, performance theory, persuasive communication and intercultural communication. His research has been published in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Communication Quarterly.

Miller is a certified trainer for the International Debate Education Association. He has conducted debate-training seminars in Botswana, Guatemala and Turkey. Miller has also taught a course on ancient oratory in Italy through Linfield’s January Term program, and will team-teach a course on global climate change in Chile in January 2009.

For more information, call 503-883-2202.