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Nathan Stewart will join Lakeland University's faculty this fall as assistant professor of communication.

Stewart comes to Lakeland from Parkland College, a junior college in Champaign, Ill., where he has served as an instructor teaching public speaking and other communication courses since mid-2014.

He has developed and implemented courses in persuasion, research methods, argumentation and debate and interpersonal communication courses. His courses emphasize the need to live in and navigate an increasingly digital and socially/politically conscious world.

He also has significant experience developing new coursework. He implemented a health communication course designed for health professionals that draws on years of experience in the healthcare field, previous work on public health campaign messages and health communication theory.

In addition to his classroom work, Stewart has nearly 20 years of experience competing and coaching competitive academic debate. His Parkland students won several national awards under his guidance.

Stewart finished his Ph.D. this summer at Wayne State University, His dissertation was entitled "Attention Deficit Identity Disorder: The relationship between ADHD-related discourse and the rhetorical concept of self." He earned his M.S. and B.S. from the School of Communication at Illinois State University.

He has given numerous invited lectures and conference presentations, and won several awards, fellowships and grants.

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