Beth Walter

Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Communication


Beth Walter brings expertise in dialogic communication theory, semiotics, and communication ethics to the department. Her scholarship is grounded in rhetoric and philosophy of communication, and focuses on the role of pathos in the constitution of interpersonal justice through communicative action.

Beth’s work in philosophy of communication has been recognized with two top-paper awards at recent National Communication Association conferences. Additionally, her work in the classroom has been honored at Duquesne University with their Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. Beth’s work has been published in the Atlantic Journal of Communication, and she was the 2011 recipient of Duquesne University’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Communication and Rhetorical Studies.

From 1996-2011, Beth served as the director of Spotlight Performing Arts Academy in Pittsburgh, PA where she taught dance, theater, and music classes and directed over 75 full-length theatrical productions. Several of Beth’s students are currently pursuing professional careers in theater and dance at NYU, the National Ballet of Canada, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Faculty Perspective

I appreciate the spirit of commitment and community that has welcomed me to the UD campus. I especially enjoy being part of an environment that values collaborative efforts directed towards both student and faculty development.


  • Ph.D., Duquesne University, 2014
  • M.A., Duquesne University, 2004
  • B.A., Carlow University, 1996

Professional Activities

  • National Communication Association
  • Pennsylvania Communication Association
  • Eastern Communication Association

Research Interests

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Semiotics
  • Relational Dynamics and Empathy
  • Rhetoric and Epistemology
  • Communication Ethics

Selected Publications & Presentations

"Correlation in Bakhtin’s Architectonic of the Act: The Ethical-Aesthetic Dimension of Rhetoric." Atlantic Journal of Communication 19.4 (September, 2011).

"Proximity and Distance in the Kingdom of Ends: Grounding a Kantian Communication Ethic."  96th Annual National Communication Association Convention, San Fransciso – November, 2010 - Top Paper Award Winner.

"Understanding Empathy through Relational Dialectics." 97th Annual National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, November 2011.

"Narrative Rationality and Rhetorical Epistemology in Vico's Common Sense Rhetoric." 97th Annual National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, November 2011.