Office: Shewmaker Communication Center, Room 137
Phone: (417) 873-4068
Dr. Gilstrap directs the Graduate Program in Communication as well as the Social Media Certificate. Additionally, he teaches courses in Ethics and Communication, Persuasion & Rhetoric as well as courses within the Graduate Program’s Organizational Leadership and Change Emphasis. He has taught classes in Rhetorical Theory, Histories of American Rhetorical Discourse, Argumentation and Advocacy, Public Communication for Technology Students, primary and intermediate Public Speaking, and Forensic Speech laboratories. His scholarly interests include environmental/ecological communication and criticism, general rhetorical theory, and nonprofit communication. Professor Gilstrap is the author of multiple articles, chapters, and adjudicated conference papers.
B.S., Missouri Southern State University, 1994
M.A., Southwest Missouri State University, 1997
Ph.D., Rhetoric, Purdue University, 2003
Drury University faculty member since 2003
Associate Professor since 2010
University Teaching & Research Award Nominations (Multiple)
Alan Monroe Award, Purdue University
Gilstrap, C. A. & Gilstrap, C. (2012). Ecopreneurial leaders and transformational leadership. In D. Gallagher (Ed.), Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Gilstrap, C. A. (2012). Recycling in history. In B. Rathje & J.G. Golson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Gilstrap, C. A. (2012, forthcoming). Energy payback. In M.A. Pierce (Ed.), Encyclopedia of energy (tba). Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.
Gilstrap, C. A. & White, Z. (2010). Effective public speaking: Strategy and craft. San Diego: National Social Sciences Press.
Miester, M. & Gilstrap, C. A. (2010). The ELF’s failed diatribe of sacramental arson. In M. Smith & B. Warnick (Eds.), The responsibilities of rhetoric (326-339). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.