Dr. Mark Hlavacik | Communication Studies

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Dr. Mark Hlavacik

Associate Professor
GAB 320A

Personal Bio:

Dr. Hlavacik joined the faculty at UNT in 2014 after completing his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University. His research explores the intersections of civic discourse, public education, and democracy using rhetorical and social scientific methods. Dr. Hlavacik has published scholarship on the rhetoric of education policy, social movements, the presidency, and civic education. In the Department of Communication Studies, Dr. Hlavacik is a member of the rhetoric faculty, the graduate faculty, and he is the faculty advisor to the COMM Library.


Mark Hlavacik, Assigning Blame: The Rhetoric of Education Reform (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2016).


  • Mark Hlavacik and Jack Schneider, "The Echo of Reform Rhetoric: Arguments About National and Local School Failure in the News, 1984-2016," American Journal of Education (forthcoming).
  • Mark Hlavacik, "The Rhetorical Secretary," Phi Delta Kappan 101 (2019): 8-13.
  • Mark Hlavacik, Brian Lain, Matea Ivanovic, and Brian Ontiveros-Kersch, "The State of College Debate According to a Survey of Its Coaches: Data to Ground the Discussion of Debate and Civic Engagement," Communication Education 65 (2016): 382-396.
  • Dana Mitra, Bryan Mann, and Mark Hlavacik, "Opting Out: Parents Creating Contested Spaces to Challenge Standardized Tests," Education Policy Analysis Archives 24 (2016): 1-24.
  • Joseph Rhodes and Mark Hlavacik, "Imagining Moral Presidential Speech: Barack Obama's Niebuhrian Nobel," Rhetoric & Public Affairs 18 (2015): 471-503.
  • Mark Hlavacik, "The Democratic Origins of Teachers Union Rhetoric: Margaret Haley's Speech at the 1904 NEA Convention," Rhetoric & Public Affairs 15 (2012): 499-524.
  • Heather Adams, Jeremy Engels, Michael J. Faris, Debra Hawhee, and Mark Hlavacik, "Deliberation in the Midst of Crisis," Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies 12 (2012): 342-45.


  • Rhetoric & Inequality, COMM 5440.
  • Rhetorical Methods, COMM 5340.
  • Rhetorics of Ill Repute, COMM 4849.
  • Rhetoric and Politics, COMM 4340.
  • Rhetorical Theory, COMM 4040.
  • Rhetorical Criticism, COMM 3340.
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