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Grant Cos

School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Program Director- Journalism

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Grant Cos

School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Program Director- Journalism


BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; MA, Emerson College; Ph.D., Kent State University


Professor Cos teaches a variety of different courses in the School of Communication. His research interests center on the Aristotelian trilogy of politics, ethics and rhetoric. Specifically, these interests have manifested themselves into the study of mediated speechmaking and political campaigning, 'mash-up' online advertisements and politics, and contemporary instances of dissent during wartime.

Positions held

Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2017-
Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2007-2017
Assistant Professor of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology - 1999-2005
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 1996-1999

Courses offered

  • Human Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Survey of Media Technologies
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Political Communication
  • Communication Law & Ethics
  • Media Law & Ethics

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
This honors seminar is a foundational course that examines how our social worlds are linked to our natural and built worlds. The corresponding emphasis on inquiry, analysis, and interpretation facilitates student-engaged learning. In exploring pertinent place and space related issues/topics through an experiential, active, and site-specific curricular focused learning, various aspects of the human condition are discovered. The theme or topic of this honors seminar, as chosen by the instructor, is announced in the subtitle as well as course notes and is developed in the syllabus. The honors seminar integrates the required Year One curriculum.

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Published Article
Jenkins, Keith B., and Grant Cos. “A Time for Change and a Candidate’s Voice: Pragmatism and the Rhetoric of Inclusion in Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign.” American Behavioral Scientist, 54.3 (2010): 184-202. Print.