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Osborn Fellowship

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.

Osborns Suzanne & Michael Osborn

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