Dr. Hlavacik joined the faculty at UNT in 2014 after completing his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University. His research examines the ethics and tactics of public argument with a concern for their effects on public policy, civic culture, and civic education. Dr. Hlavacik has published scholarship on the rhetoric of education reform, 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 Daniel G. Krutka, "Deliberation Can Wait: How Civic Litigation Makes Inquiry Critical," Theory & Research in Social Education 49 (2021): 418-448.
- 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 127 (2021): 627-655.
- 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.
- Mark Hlavacik and Daniel G. Krutka, "How Do We Discuss Controversial Issues?: Three Approaches to Framing Critical Inquiries," Social Education (In Press for May 2022).
- Mark Hlavacik, "The Rhetorical Secretary," Phi Delta Kappan 101 (2019): 8-13.
- Brian Lain, Mark Hlavacik, Matea Ivanovic, and Brian Ontiveros-Kersch, "Recovering Debate Coach as Civic Figure: Highly Active Debate Coaches, Their Participation in Civic Outreach Activities, and Reward Perceptions," in Recovering Argument, ed. by Randall Lake (New York: Routledge, 2018), 369-374.
- 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.
- Public Speaking, COMM 2040.