Darrin Hicks

Professor

  • Faculty
  • Department of Communication Studies
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

What I do

Professor of Communication Studies, Director of Debate, Affiliate Faculty in Conflict Resolution.

Professional Biography

I joined the department of Communication Studies in 1993. I received my Ph.D in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. My research interests are community collaboration, political argumentation, freedom of speech, affect theory and academic debate.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University, 1995

Professional Affiliations

  • American Forensics Assocation
  • International Society for the Study of Argumentation
  • National Communication Assocaiation

Research

My research is focused on two areas: collaboration and political argumentation. In terms of collaboration, I design and evaluate collaborative processes used in community settings, often in the areas of public health and education. My research focuses on the dimensions of high-quality processes, including inclusion, equity, transparency and authenticity. I have developed instruments to assess the quality of collaborative processes and examine how process quality influences programatic outcomes. In terms of political argumentation, I have written extensively on evolving standards of political reasonableness and how they have historically and currently shape political decision-making, with past work focusing on economic regulation, national security policy and the law. A second area of research in political argumentation addresses the nature of political conviction––how it is formed, how it animates public controversy and how it motivates political extremism.

Featured Publications

Hicks, D. (1970). Affective Energy, Authentic Power, Transforming Communities: Towards a Phenomenology of Collaboration. Global Discourse.
Hicks, D., & Greene, R. W. (1970). DEBATING CONVICTION: FROM SINCERE BELIEF TO AFFECTIVE ATMOSPHERE. In M. Hogan (Ed.). State College PA, USA: Penn State University Press.
Hicks, D., Larsom, C., Nelson, C., Olds, D., & Johnston, E. (2008). The Influence of Collaboration on Program Outcomes. Evaluation Review, 32, 453-477.

Presentations

  • Affective Contagion in Collaborative Networks
  • Five Propositions on Conviction
  • What makes Collaboration Authentic?
  • Argumentation and Discretionary Power