Josh Boyd

 Josh Boyd


Associate Professor 



BRNG 2274 E 

Office Phone

(765) 494-3333 



B.A. in English and Speech Communication from Lipscomb University, M.A. in Interpersonal Communication from Ohio University, Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Indiana University. 

Research Areas

Online Security Communication, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Public Relations, Trust. 

Key Areas

Trusted Social and Human Interaction 

Notable Experience

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Communication. Co-advisor of the first CERIAS interdisciplinary Ph.D. project (Bill Eyre). Member of CERIAS Internal Advisory Board (2005-2007). 

Notable Awards

Top Four Paper in Argumentation and Forensics, National Communication Association (2009); Top Three Paper in Argumentation and Forensics, National Communication Association (2008); Top Five Paper in Human Communication and Technology (2002); Outstanding New Teacher Award, Central States Communication Association (2003) 

Notable Affiliations



“The Rhetorical Construction of Trust Online” (Communication Theory, 2003); “In Community We Trust: Online Security Communication at eBay” (Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 2002); “Virtual Orality: How eBay Controls Auctions without an Auctioneer’s Voice” (American Speech, 2001). “Phishing with a ‘net: Phishing Scams and How to Avoid Them” (IPMA-HR News, 2006). 


Josh is interested in corporate rhetoric: how do corporations “speak” and attempt to persuade multiple and overlapping audiences? In addition to his trust-related work with CERIAS, he has also studied applications of corporate rhetoric from corporate naming practices to the history of oil industry public relations. Josh has taught abroad for Purdue (in Italy) and with Let’s Start Talking (in Ukraine, Japan, Fiji, and Thailand). He is married to Gina and has two children, Kinley and Knox. 

Coming Up!

Our annual security symposium will be in October 2021.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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