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Communications educator

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.


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.



Board of directors Community Counseling and Education Center, Fremont. Vice president Greater Kimber Area Homeowners Association, 1984. Member Western Speech Comm.

Association (2d 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-, distinguished service award committee 1985, nominating committee 1984, chairman member committee 1980, member search committee 1989, commission on international groups 1996), Rhetoric Society, National Comm. Association (commission on committees 1985, program planner and vice chairman, chairman public address division 1994, nominating committee and legislation assembly 1995,interncultural committee 1995, Distinguished Scholarship award, Public Add 1993), Executives Club (president 1991).


Married Jean Melton, August 29, 1965. Children: Kristen, Karen.

William Joseph Hammerback

Susan (Ridzik) Hammerback

Jean Melton

Kristen Hammerback

Karen Hammerback