Michael and Suzanne Osborn Fellowship for the Study of Rhetoric and Public Address
The Department of Communication honors the top incoming PhD student in its "Rhetoric, Politics, and Society" area with the Michael and Suzanne Osborn Fellowship for the Study of Rhetoric and
Public Address. With decades of experience in pedagogy, research, and service to the
field, the Osborns represent the finest that the study of rhetoric has to offer. In
their honor, this fellowship supports budding scholars and teachers of rhetoric whose
work draws from rhetoric's ancient and modern traditions, while opening up fresh lines
of research that move the field forward.
The Osborns, who already support the graduate program through an endowment, are pillars
not only in the history of rhetoric study at the University of Memphis (Michael Osborn
served for nearly 30 years as a professor and from 1980 to 1986 as department chair)
but in the broader field of Communication, where each has presided over national,
regional, or statewide professional associations. The Osborns are authors of Public
Speaking, now in its tenth edition, published by Pearson Education, Inc.
The fellowship includes a tuition waiver, an enhanced graduate stipend, and funds
for travel and research. Please email Graduate Studies Coordinator, Antonio de Velasco for further details.