Dr. Michael J. Hyde

University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics, Department of Communication
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
United States

Focus Areas

Higher Education


Michael J. Hyde Biographical Data Michael J. Hyde (Ph.D., Purdue University) is The University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics, Department of Communication, Wake Forest University, and holds a joint appointment in the Program in Bioethics, Health, and Society, School of Medicine, Wake Forest University. He has taught at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and at Northwestern University. During his tenure at Northwestern he was appointed the Van Zelst Research Professor in Communication and was a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. He is the author of over seventy articles and critical reviews appearing in various scholarly journals and texts and has published ten books: Communication Philosophy and the Technological Age (Univ. of Alabama Press, 1981, editor), Rhetoric and Hermeneutics in our Time (Yale University Press, 1987, co-edited with Walter Jost), The Call of Conscience: Heidegger and Levinas, Rhetoric and the Euthanasia Debate (Univ. of South Carolina Press, awarded NCA’s 2001 Diamond Anniversary Book Award and the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for Outstanding Research in Public Address), The Ethos of Rhetoric (Univ. of South Carolina Press, 2004, editor), The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment (Purdue Univ. Press, 2006), Perfection: Coming to Terms with Being Human (Baylor University Press, awarded “Best Book Award,” Communication Ethics Division, National Communication Association, 2010), Bioethics, Public Moral Argument, and Social Responsibility (Routledge, co-edited with Nancy M. P. King, 2012), Openings: Acknowledging Essential Moments in Human Communication (Baylor University Press, 2012), After the Genome: A Language for Our Biotechnological Future (Baylor University Press, 2013, co-edited with James Herrick), and The Interruption That We Are: The Health of the Lived Body, Narrative, and Public Moral Argument (University of South Carolina Press, 2018). He is a Fellow of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and a recipient of national, state, and university research grants for his work in "the rhetoric of medicine." He has served on the editorial boards of The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Human Communication Research, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Monographs, Communication Theory, Southern Communication Journal and the Journal of Applied Communication Research, and is presently on the editorial boards of Philosophy and Rhetoric, Review of Communication, Baylor University Press (Series in “Rhetoric and Religion”),and Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research. He has served as a consultant to private industry, universities and colleges, management organizations, national publishing houses, The Humane Society of the United States, and the American Medical Association. He is the co-producer and co-writer of the documentary film: Great Expectations: Life and Death in the World of High Tech Medicine (Kartemquin Films), as well as the producer of the documentary films: Negotiating Death: A Rhetorical Perspective on Euthanasia (Northwestern University) and The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment (Wake Forest University). He is the executive producer of the radio play “Unquantifiable Risk: A Case Study in Bioethics and Communication Ethics (Wake Forest Radio, Wake Forest University). So far in his career he has been the recipient of thirteen "Teaching Excellence" awards. Since arriving at Wake Forest in 1994, he has served as a board member of the Judicial Council, the Honor and Ethics Council, the Capital Planning Committee, the Bioethics Task Force, the Freshman Orientation Program, the Reynolds Professorship Committee, and as a mentor for the Undergraduate Fellowship Program. He has also lectured throughout the United States and at the London School of Economics on Wake Forest's Technology Initiative. He is a recipient of the "Scholar Award for Communication Excellence in Ethics Education for the Mind, the Heart, and the Soul" (The Communication Ethics Center, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). He presented the Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture (Keynote Address) at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (2007). An extended version of the lecture was published as a monograph by Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2008. He has served as a Marsico Visiting Scholar in Communication Studies and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, Colorado, and as an Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of Louisville. In the summer of 2013, he was named a “Distinguished Scholar” of the National Communication Association.