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Dr. Joseph Gemin


Joseph Gemin



Office Location and Hours

A/C S412

  • Monday: 1:50-2:50
  • Wednesday: 1:50-2:50
  • Friday: 1:50-2:50


Office Education

Southern Illinois University, M.S., 1984; PhD., 1991

Sheffield Hallam University, B.A., 1983


Communication Field Emphasis

Philosophy of Communication (specifically, on how Phenomenology and Semiotics may be used to shed light on those communication issues that pertain to selfhood and identity)



Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Communication Theory

Advanced Communication Theory


Communication and the Human Condition

Semiotics and Communication


More About Gemin...

Gemin’s work has been featured in such journals as Critical Studies in Media Communication, The Journal of Applied Communication Research and the interdisciplinary, Journal of Creative Behavior. He has presented manuscripts at the International Communication Association (Philosophy of Communication Division) in Sydney Australia, and has also presented numerous papers at the National Communication Association (Semiotics Division & Communication Theory Division).  He is currently working on a manuscript—an applied piece—which attempts to use Martin Heidegger’s work on temporality to reconfigure the view of narrative implied in mainstream communication studies. 

He enjoys watching soccer (English Premier League, definitely not MLS), playing with his dogs, and reading any work in philosophy—which consciously attempts to bridge the gap between abstract theory and real-world problems.  Gemin’s favorite places to visit are London, England (where his younger brother lives), and Venice, Italy (where his sister and mother live).  He lives in Oshkosh with his wife, Pamela, and their two spoiled children, Blondie and Loki.


Favorite Quote

People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It’s not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past. 

–  Milan  Kundera, “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting”

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