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Michael Dreher

Job Titles

  • Professor of Communication Studies
    Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Director of Forensics
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Program Director of M.A. in Communication
    Graduate School

Started at Bethel



  • North Central College (IL) - B.A. Speech Communication/Theater and Mathematics, 1989
  • University of Iowa - M.A. Communication Studies, 1992
  • Louisiana State University - Ph.D. Speech Communication, 1995

Research interests

In addition to teaching, Dreher is director of the forensics program. His research and publishing have focused on political and religious rhetoric, the rhetoric of mathematics and science, and forensic pedagogy. He is also interested in issues of web accessibility and standards.

Courses Taught


  • Senior Seminar
  • Topics in Communication Analysis (Rhetoric of Disasters, Myth and Value Analysis, Rhetoric of Social Movements)
  • Television Criticism
  • Persuasion
  • Rhetoric of Religion
  • Advanced Public Speaking
  • Political Communication
  • Rhetoric of Science and Technology
  • Basic Communication
  • Argumentation & Debate
  • Concepts of Community (Honors Program course)
  • Introduction to Rhetoric and Public Influence


  • Thesis/Project
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Topics in Communication Studies
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Public Presentations


2014 - President’s Award for outstanding service to the National Forensics Association and the forensics community, The National Forensic Association

2011 - Bethel Faculty Excellence Award for Service

2003 - Outstanding Coach Award, National Christian College Forensics Invitational


Editorial Board service:

  • Editor, Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal (2015-present)
  • Associate Editor, National Forensic Journal and Parliamentary Debate.

Invited Reviewer: Communication Quarterly, Wisconsin Communication Association Journal, Kentucky Communication Association Journal.


More than 35 presentations at state, regional and national conferences. Most recent: "Turning the Principles of Action into Practice: Examining the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Reform Rhetoric." Presented at the Alta Argumentation Conference, Snowbird, UT, August 2015.

Certificates and Licenses

  • Approved by the National Communication Association as an external reviewer for departments of communication.

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

  • Board of Governors, Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota (2012-2014, 2015-present)
  • Tournament Director, National Christian College Forensics Invitational (2002-2008, 2016-present)
  • Secretary/Webmaster, Council of Forensic Organizations (2008-present)
  • Mounds View Curriculum Advisory Committee (2015-present)

Hobbies and Interests

Favorite religious book (other than Bible): I find myself coming back to Marilyn Helleberg's God's Best for You.

Favorite non-religious book: Almost any Peanuts collection of comics. I think I have about 175 books by now. And Fantagraphics has nearly completed the entire 25-volume set of the entire strip's history.

Other interests: Reading, volleyball, trying to figure out computers, and finding Peanuts statues in St. Paul, Minnesota and Santa Rosa, California. My wife and I saw all four years of the Santa Rosa statues, and all of the different characters for the five years they were in St. Paul.