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John Clark Hammerback

John Clark Hammerback, American communications educator. Outstanding Lecturer award California State University, Hayward, 1971, Meritorious Service award, 1985, Distinguished award; named Professor of Year, 2003; Faculty Research grant, 1975.


  • Hammerback, John Clark was born on October 6, 1938 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of William Joseph and Susan (Ridzik) Hammerback.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Communication, San Francisco State University, 1962. Master of Arts, University Oklahoma, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1970.


    • Teaching assistant department speech communication University Oklahoma, Norman, 1963-1965, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1965-1968. Professor speech communication California State University, Hayward, 1968, chairman department speech and drama, 1972-1979, affirmative action liason officer, 1986-1988, assistant vice president research faculty affairs, 1988-1991, associate dean, 1993-1995. Head and professor communications North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1997—1999.

      With department speech communications California State University, Hayward, 1999—2000, chair department communication, 2000—2003. Affiliate professor, grad faculty, committee department University Washington, since 2005. Invited lecturer University New Mexico, Oregon State University, San Jose State University, University Nevada, Las Vegas, Northern Arizona University, North Carolina State University, Westmont College, Idaho St. University., Loyola Marymount College, California State University Long Beach, San Francisco, Fresno, University Arizona, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions.

      Speechwriter local political candidates, Fremont, California, 1978. Director Conference Rhetorical Criticism, 1987-1993.


    • The Rhetorical Career of Cesar Chavez
    • Chavez was an indefatigable speaker, writer, and non-discursive communicator who developed a well-thought-out approach to his rhetorical discourse and placed his speaking and writing at the center of his career.
    • Author: A War of Words: Chicano Rhetoric of the 1960s and 1970s, 1985, In Search of Justice: Studies in Speech Communication in the Indiana Tradition, 1987, The Rhetorical Career of Cesar Chavez, 1998, The Words of Cesar Chavez, 2002. Script writer In His Own Words: The Life and Work of Cesar Chavez. 13 editorial board of professional journals.

      Contributor over 40 articles and chapters to professional publications.


    Board directors Community Counseling and Education Center, Fremont. Vice president Greater Kimber Area Homeowners Association, 1984. Member Western Speech Communications Association (Second vice president 1979-1980, member legislation assembly 1974-1977, chairman 1980, 1st vice president 1981-1982, chief convention planner 1982-1983, president 1983-1984, associate editor journal 1979-1981, 84-87, 90-96, distinguished service award committee 1985, nominating committee 1984, chairman member committee 1980, member search committee 1989, committee on international groups 1996), Rhetoric Society, National Communications Association (committee on committees 1985, program planner and vice chairman, chairman public address division 1994, nominating committee and legislation assembly 1995,, Chair, Public Add 1993), Executives Club (president 1991).


    • Married Jean Melton, August 29, 1965. Children: Kristen, Karen.
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    • 1962
      San Francisco State University
    • 1965
      University Oklahoma
    • 1970
      Indiana University
    • 2003
      with department speech communications California State University
    • 1963 - 1965
      Teaching assistant, department speech communication University Oklahoma
      Norman, Oklahoma, United States
    • 1965 - 1968
      Teaching assistant, department speech communication University Oklahoma
      Bloomington, Illinois, United States
    • 1968
      professor, speech communication California State University
      Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1997 - 1999
      head, and professor communications North Carolina State University
      Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
    • 1999
      with department speech communications California State University
      Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
    • 2005
      affiliate professor
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