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Clark Olson

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Instructional Professional
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Instructional Professional
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Biography

Clark Olson studies rhetorical irony and political widow rhetoric and has co-taught a graduate methods module on facilitating Civil Dialogue. He has participated in the design and development of Civil Dialogue, a format designed to foster civil communication when discussing controversial topics. In addition to facilitating Civil Dialogue events in public venues, he has introduced Civil Dialogue as an alternative to traditional debate in his argumentation classes at ASU. He is also the former director of the ASU Forensics Team (speech and debate).

Research Interests

civil communication, rhetorical irony, intersections of politics, performance and art

Publications
  • Clark D. Olson. Wedding bells or clanging cymbals?. Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case studies in personal and social relationships (2011).
  • Clark D. Olson. Communication and Art: Featured contemporary artworks at the Phoenix Art Museum. (2009).
  • Clark Olson. Creating a Wellness Tournament. National Forensic Journal (2004).
  • Clark Olson. Diagnosing the SICKness in ForenSICs. National Forensic Journal (2004).
  • K Olson, Clark Olson. Beyond stragegy: A reader-centered analysis of irony's dual "persuasive" uses. Quarterly Journal of Speech (2004).
  • C Buerkle, M Mayer, Clark Olson. Our hero the buffoon: Contradictory and concurrent Burkean framing of Arizona Governor Evan Mecham. Western Journal of Communication (2003).
  • K Olson, Clark Olson. Negative implications of subordinating "social justice research" to applied "usable knowledge": A rejoinder to Frey et al's view. Communication Studies (2003).
  • K Congalton, Clark Olson. Former forensics directors don't die and they just shouldn't fade away. Speaker and Gavel (2002).
  • Clark Olson. Coaching and wellness: New prescriptions for an old problem. Rostrum (2001).
  • Clark Olson. Extemporaneous speaking and gender: Leveling the playing field. Rostrum (2001).
  • Olson, Clark D (Author) ,Edson, B E (Author) . Coming out: Telling a most important story. Case studies in interpersonal communication: Process and problems (2000).
  • Clark D. Olson. Coaching for the Interstate Oratory Contest: Strategies for Success. National Forensic Journal (0).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 222Argumentation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 222Argumentation
COM 494Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 222Argumentation
COM 494Special Topics
COM 692Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 225Public Speaking
COM 494Special Topics
COM 692Research
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 225Public Speaking
COM 494Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 394Special Topics
COM 691Seminar
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 222Argumentation
COM 410Intrprsnl Com Thry & Resrch
Presentations
  • Olson, C. D. Tragedy in Tucson: A new call for civility. National Communication Association Convention (Nov 2011).
  • Olson, C. D. Everything old is new again: An authethnography of teaching public speaking after 25 years. Basic Course Conference, Western States Communication Association (Feb 2011).
  • Olson, C. D., Linde, J., & Genette, J. How to stage a Civil Dialogue. National Communication Association (Nov 2010).
  • Olson, C. D. Celebrating 20 years of the International Forensics Association: A view from the archives. National Communication Association convention (Nov 2010).
  • Clark D. Olson. Gustatory Argument: The low down on high tea. National Communication Association convention (Nov 2009).
  • Clark D. Olson. Hypothesis Testing in the Dialectic of Stability and Change: Honoring the work and careers of J. W. Patterson and David Zarefsky. National Communication Association convention (Nov 2009).
  • Clark D. Olson. Five Years Out: Past Presidents Reflect and Respond. National Communication Association convention (Nov 2009).
  • Clark D. Olson. Doctors, Disease, and Scientific Paradox: Exploring the Rhetoric of Health, Science, and Technology. Western States Communication Association convention (Nov 2009).
  • Olson, Clark. Forensics Around the Globe: From Preparation to After the Last round of Competition. National Communication Association (Nov 2006).
  • Olson, Clark. Al Johnson: Contributions to Student Wellness and Health. National Communication Association Annual Convention (Nov 2005).
  • Olson, Clark. Strengthening the Role of Director of Forensics: Tenure-track Only. National communication Assoc./American Forensic Assoc. Alta Summer Conference on Argumentation (Aug 2005).
  • Olson, Clark. Honoring James W. Pratt: A Student Perspective. National Communication Association Convention (Nov 2002).
  • Kessel, A, Olson, Clark. Political widow rhetoric: From historical footnote to distinguished career. American Political Science Association (Aug 2002).
  • Olson, Clark, Kessel, A, Shineman, K. Deliberative rhetoric: Political widows search for their own voice. National Communication Association Convention (Nov 2001).
  • Olson, Clark. Coaching for Interstate: A strategy for success. National Communication Association Convention (Nov 2001).
  • Olson, Clark, Kessel, A. Political widow rhetoric: From tragic coattails to solo voice. American Political Science Association Convention (Sep 2001).
  • Congalton, K, Olson, Clark. Former forensic directors don't die and they shouldn't just go away. Tahoe Conference on Academic Debate (Jun 2001).
  • Olson, Clark. Room captains: How to manage a large forensics squad. National Communication Association Convention (Nov 2000).
  • Olson, Clark. Ten years of IFA: How to make the "impossible" practical. National Communication Association Convention (Nov 2000).
  • Olson, Clark. Infusing debate with wellness: Starting correctly. International Debate EducationAssociation Conference (Oct 2000).
  • Olson, Clark. Directors of Forensics, Our Travel Patterns: Are We At Risk?. National Communication Association
  • Olson, Clark. Town Hall Debate: Hate Speech and the Constitution. National Communication Association
Service
  • Al Johnson: Contributions to Student Health and Wellness, NCA, Panelist (2005 - Present)
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Coordinator (1999 - Present)
  • Com 230 Small Group Communication, Course Coordinator (2006 - 2011)
  • International Forensic Association, Tournament Director (1999 - 2011)
  • International Forensic Association, Vice President (1998 - 2011)
  • International Forensic Association, Archivist (1994 - 2011)
  • Rhetoric Faculty Search Committee, Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Communication Monographs, Editorial Board (2007 - 2010)
  • Scottsdale Gallery Association, Executive Board, Member (2003 - 2010)
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Docent (1998 - 2010)
  • Western Communication Association, Paper reader, Rhetoric division (2006 - 2010)
  • Academic Professionals Continuing Appointment and Promotion Committee, Chair (2007 - 2010)
  • Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Director of Development (2006 - 2010)
  • Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum, Juror, Emerging and Midcareer grants (2009 - 2010)
  • International Forensic Association, Tournament Director (1999 - 2010)
  • International Forensic Association, Vice President (1998 - 2010)
  • International Forensic Association, Archivist (1994 - 2010)
  • National Communication Association, Spotlight convention programmer "Five Years Out" (2008 - 2009)
  • Western Communication Association, Paper reader, Rhetoric division (2006 - 2009)
  • Com 230 Small Group Communication, Course Coordinator (2006 - 2009)
  • Director of Forensics search committee, Member (2008 - 2008)
  • Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Director of Development (2006 - 2008)
  • International Forensic Association, Tournament Director (1999 - 2008)
  • International Forensic Association, Vice President (1998 - 2008)
  • International Forensic Association, Archivist (1994 - 2008)
  • Interstate Oratorical Association Tournament, Host (2007 - 2007)
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Docent (1998 - 2007)
  • Com 230, Course Coordinator (2006 - 2007)
  • Argumentation and Advocacy: The Journal of the American Forensic Association, Guest Reviewer (2005 - 2006)
  • American Forensic Association's Professional Development and Support Committee, Chair (2003 - 2006)
  • CLAS Faculty Staff Campaign, Manager (2004 - 2005)
  • Scottsdale Gallery Association, Executive Board, Member (2003 - 2005)
  • Western States Communication Association, Legislative Assembly (2003 - 2005)
  • Text and Performance Quarterly, Guest Reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • ASU Homecoming, Parade Judge (2004 - 2004)
  • Interstate Oratory Association, Co-host, national tournament (2003 - 2004)
  • District IX National Events Tournament Qualifier, Tempe, AZ, Judge (2003 - 2003)
  • Western Journal of Communication, Guest Reviewer (2003 - 2003)
  • Western Forensic Association, Tournament Committee (2002 - 2003)
  • National Forensic Journal, Associate Editor (2001 - 2002)
  • Communication 230, Small Group Coordinator (2000 - 2002)
  • Glendale Community College, Tournament Committee (2000 - 2002)
  • Ohio University, Athens, OH, Tenure Reviewer (2002 - 2002)
  • COPP Academic and Student Affairs Committee, Chair (2000 - 2002)
  • North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, Promotion and Tenure Reviewer (2001 - 2001)
  • Western States Communication Association, Candidate, 2nd Vice President (2000 - 2001)
  • Townhall Debate, Western States Communication Association, Sacramento, CA, Debater (2000 - 2000)