Professor of Communication
Chair of Communication and Journalism
B.A., Auburn University, 1976
M.A., University of Alabama, 1983
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1986
Office: Marston 208
William Purcell teaches courses in “Communication Theory,” “Rhetorical Theory,” “Argumentation,” “Public Speaking,” and “Interpersonal Communication.” He has also taught a University Core class, “Art in the Christian Community,” since 1999. A member of the SPU faculty since 1995, Dr. Purcell taught previously at Augustana College and the University of Washington. His research areas include the history of rhetorical theory, American public address, and rhetorical/literary criticism. He has published two books: Ars poetriae: Rhetorical and Grammatical Invention at the Margin of Literacy (1996) and The Rhetorical Short Story: Best American Short Stories on War and the Military, 1915–2006 (2009).
Dr. Purcell is an active member of St. John United Lutheran Church, where he sings in the choir. He has served as Chair of the Board of Columbia Lutheran Ministries and is currently a member of the board of Lutheran Campus Ministries at the University of Washington.
William M. Purcell, “Ancient Arts for the Age of technology: Dialectic, Grammar, and Rhetoric as the Foundation for Technology,” International Journal of the Humanities 2 (2004): 412–18.
William M. Purcell and Robert Chamberlain, “The Limits of Discourse: A Rhetorical Analysis of Plato’s Gorgias and Phaedrus,”Journal of the Northwest Communication Association 34:1–15), 2005.
William M. Purcell, The Rhetorical Short Story: Best American Short Stories on War and the Military, 1915–2006. University Press of America, 2009.
Lorelle Jabs, William M. Purcell, and Thomas Trzyna, “A Brief Report on College Student Nannies,” ERIC (ED 507381).William M. Purcell, “‘How Shall I Be Saved’: The Salvation of Mrs. Curren in Coetzee’s Age of Iron, Transnational Literature 6 (2013).