A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Douglas Gaerte

Professor of Communication; Chair, Department of Communication

  • 585-567-9462 ext #4620
  • Chamberlain Center
  • Communication
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  • M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University (1987, 1995)
  • B.S., Grace College (1983)

Douglas Gaerte joined the faculty of Houghton College in 1988, so he’s the veteran of the department.

Doug is a communication generalist. Over the years he’s taught more than a dozen different courses – from communication theory and public speaking to interpersonal communication and mass media. Doug’s primary research interests fall at the intersection of politics, history and communication. He loves studying speeches in their historical context in order to understand how public discourse has shaped important social and political issues. His doctoral dissertation, for example, focused on congressional debates concerning America’s role in World War One. While he enjoys all areas of communication, he is most interested in helping his students learn to use rhetoric in civic life to become a positive force for social change.