Gerald Voorhees

Assistant Professor
(519) 888-4567 x. 38691
Location: ML 254D

gerald voorhees

Gerald Voorhees earned a Ph.D. from The University of Iowa (2008) and holds a B.S. in Speech Communication from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Senior Fellow in the Honors Program of the College of Communication. His research focuses on games and new media as sites for the construction and contestation of identity and culture. He is also interested in public discourse pertaining to games and new media, as well as rhetorics of race and ethnicity in mediated public discourse. Gerald is co-editor of Continuum’s Approaches to Game Studies book series, a member of the Executive Board of the Digital Games Research Association, and a former co-chair of the Game Studies area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Nation Conference.  Prior to joining the University of Waterloo in Fall, 2013 Gerald taught at Oregon State University and created the Game and Interactive Media Design track for the Communication B.A. at High Point University in North Carolina, USA. He has taught theory, criticism and practice classes in media studies, rhetorical studies, and game studies.

Selected publications

Dungeons, Dragons and Digital Denizens: Digital Role-playing Games. (Co-edited with J. Call and K. Whitlock). (NYC: Continuum International Publishing, 2012).

Guns, Grenades and Grunts: First Person-Shooter Games. (Co-edited with J. Call and K. Whitlock). (NYC: Continuum International Publishing, 2012).

“Rhetorical Games and Gamic Rhetorics.” Communication +1 1(1) 2012

“Criticism and Control: Procedure, Process and Possibility Space,” in Ctrl-Alt-Play: Essays on Control in Video Gaming, edited by M. Wysocki. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012).

“The Character of Difference: Procedurality, Rhetoric and Roleplaying Games.” Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research 9 (2) 2009

Courses taught

  • GBDA 203 -- Introduction to Digital Culture
  • SPCOM 228 – Public Communication
  • SPCOM 430 – Communication and Social Justice
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Employment Opportunity for Sessional Instructors

The Speech Communication program at the University of Waterloo is searching for several new sessional instructors to teach core communication courses.  Based in a liberal arts faculty with high national and international standards, the Speech Communication program currently serves approximately 150 majors, 50 minors, and delivers many sections of communication courses to four Faculties from across the University.

Sessional instructors could teach up to three sections per academic term of the following courses: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Science Communication, or Communication in the Engineering Professions. Each of these courses include emphases on foundational communication competencies and are designed to align with the Speech Communication program objectives. More information on the Speech Communication program can be found here:

Interested instructors should have a PhD or be working toward completing a PhD, and should send a CV and a brief letter of interest that addresses qualifications and teaching philosophy to:

Dr. Robert Danisch

Chair, Department of Drama and Speech Communication

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1