Dr. Greg H. Gardner received his Bachelor of Arts (Communication and English, 1968), Master of Arts (Rhetoric, 1969) and Ph.D. (Rhetoric, 1972) degrees from the Department of Communication at Bowling Green State University. He has taught at the university level for 45 years and at Rollins for the past 29 years. His was the first class to graduate from Bowling Green’s prestigious Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Interpersonal Communication in 1969.
While at Rollins, Dr. Gardner has taught a variety of courses including the Senior Seminar in Communication Studies, the Rhetoric of Western Thought, Great Speakers of the 20th Century, Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Small Group Communication, Fundamentals of Communication, Persuasion, and Argumentation and Debate.
For eighteen years, Dr. Gardner served the Department of Communication as the Chair of the department and the Director of the Organizational Communication program in the Hamilton Holt School. During his tenure as Chair, he was a principle architect of the Organizational Communication major and the Master of Arts in Corporate Communication and Technology degree in the Hamilton Holt School, the Communication minor in the College of Arts & Sciences and the new Communication Studies major in the College of Professional Studies.
Dr. Gardner has published two textbooks and twelve referred scholarly articles, and he has made forty-four presentations at scholarly conventions and other venues on a variety of communication-related topics. His current scholarly interests lie in the areas of interpersonal communication, legal and political rhetoric, and teaching effectiveness.
In 1999, Dr. Gardner was honored by the communication discipline by being designated a Founding Member of the Communication Council of the American Management Association.
At Rollins College, he has received the Walter E. Barden Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997 (presented to the outstanding faculty member in the Hamilton Holt School), the Hugh McKean Award in 1996 (with an accompanying $10,000 grant), and the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship in 1995 (presented to one of the three outstanding faculty members at Rollins College). He has also served as the President of the Florida Public Relations Association (Orlando area chapter) and as the President of the Rollins College Faculty.
Dr. Gardner is a Full Professor at the college and now serves as the senior faculty member in the Department of Communication.