- B.S., Shippensburg State University, 1977
- M.A., University of Maryland, 1982
- Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1990
Areas of Interest
- Public Address
- Political Communication
- African American Oratory
Dr. Leeman has been a member of the faculty since 1989. He teaches undergraduate courses in Rhetorical Theory, Public Advocacy, and African American oratory, and graduate courses in Textual Analysis. He has authored, co-authored, or edited seven books: The Teleological Discourse of Barack Obama, The Will of a People: Great Speeches by African Americans (with Bernard K. Duffy), The Rhetoric of Terrorism and Counterterrorism, “Do-Everything Reform:” The Oratory of Frances E. Willard, African-American Oratory: A BioCritical Sourcebook, American Voices: Encyclopedia of Contemporary Oratory (with Bernard K. Duffy) and The Art and Practice of Argumentation and Debate (with Bill Hill). His published articles have appeared in journals such as Southern Communication Journal, Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, Argumentation and Advocacy, Howard Journal of Communication and Journal of Political Science. He is past editor of the Carolinas Communication Annual. He has been the recipient of the American Forensic Association’s Daniel M. Rohrer award for best Forensics article, Southern States Communication Association’s Top Paper in Rhetoric and Public Address award, the Carolinas’ Communication Association’s Ray Camp award for Most Outstanding Research Paper, and the Carolinas’ Communication Association’s Betty Jo Welch service award. In 2017, he received the Southern States Communication Association’s Michael M. Osborn Teacher-Scholar Award. He currently serves as president of the University Faculty Council.
- Currently researching and writing on Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and also the history of African American oratory.