• Pam Benoit, Ph.D., was named senior vice president of Academic Affairs and provost at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in May 2017. Her first day at UAB will be July 1, 2017.

    Benoit joins UAB from Ohio University, where she served as executive vice president and provost for eight years.

    As chief academic officer of Ohio University, Benoit led many significant initiatives, including: the conversion from quarters to semesters in 2012; development and implementation of the OHIO Guarantee, an innovative tuition and fee model through which Ohio University is helping students budget for the cost of a college education, in 2014; and creation of the nationally recognized Innovation Strategy Investment Program in 2016.

    She was instrumental in transformative growth for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine into Cleveland in 2015, where the university now partners with one of the most respected institutions in medicine, the Cleveland Clinic, to bolster the university into the forefront of medical education in Ohio and beyond.

    Benoit held many leadership positions at the University of Missouri, where she chaired the Department of Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences, and served as associate and assistant dean of the Graduate School before being named executive vice president and provost at Ohio University. She received her master’s degree in communication from Central Michigan University and her Ph.D. in communication from Wayne State University. Early in her career, she served on the faculty of Bowling Green State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she also held a position in the Department of Communications.

    Benoit has written or co-written a number of books, chapters, articles and reports for her research interests that include narratives, communication theory, interpersonal persuasion and argumentation, and leadership.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2007 Group processes in a teaching renewal retreat: Communication functions and dialectical tensionsSouthern Communication Journal.  72:145-168. 2007
    2005 Criteria for evaluating political campaign webpagesSouthern Communication Journal.  70:230-247. 2005
    2005 Leadership excellence: Constructing the role of department chairAcademic Leadership.  3. 2005
    2005 The secrets of successful chairs 2005
    2004 Constructing the role of department chair 2004
    2004 The impact of technology on teaching outcomes in a communication course 2004
    2000 The virtual campaign: Presidential primary websites in campaign 2000American Communication Journal.  3. 2000
    1999 Naive Theories of Argument: Avoiding Interpersonal Arguments or Cutting Them ShortArgumentation and Advocacy.  35:130-139. 1999
    1996 Participants’ and observers’ memory for conversational behaviorSouthern Communication Journal.  61:139-154. 1996
    1994 Anticipated Future Interaction and Conversational Memory Using Participants and ObserversCommunication Quarterly.  42:274-286. 1994
    1992 Interpersonal ArgumentArgumentation and Advocacy.  29:39-40. 1992
    1991 ForumArgumentation and Advocacy.  28:23-41. 1991
    1990 Aggravated and mitigated opening utterancesArgumentation.  4:171-183. 1990
    1990 Memory for conversational behaviorSouthern Communication Journal.  56:24-33. 1990
    1989 Relationship arguments: An interactionist elaboration of speech actsArgumentation.  3:423-437. 1989
    1987 An interpretive perspective on argumentation: A research editorialWestern Journal of Communication.  51:417-430. 1987
    1986 Consciousness: The mindlessness/mindfulness and verbal report controversiesWestern Journal of Communication.  50:41-63. 1986
    1983 The use of threats in children's discourseLanguage and Speech.  26:305-329. 1983
    1982 Formal coherence production in children's discourseFirst Language.  3:161-179. 1982


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    2013 Guide to advocacy for graduate education leaders 2013
    2008 Persuasive messages the process of influence 2008
    1997 Telling the Success Story Acclaiming and Disclaiming Discourse 1997
    1992 Readings in Argumentation 1992


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    1982 Children's Arguments.  154-183. 1982

    Full Name

  • Pamela Benoit