Paul Named Communication Chair

Written by Laura Paskin

Professor Chris Paul has been appointed chair of the Communication Department by College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Powers. Paul received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and joined the faculty in 2008. His research focuses on applying tools rooted in rhetorical analysis to elements of new media, especially video games. His most recent book Wordplay and the Discourse of Video Games was published last year. Paul has been a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.

This past spring, he presented “Welcome to the discourse of the real: Constituting the boundaries of games and players” at the Foundation of Digital Games conference in Greece and “Identification and the Pentad: Video Games Meet Burke” at the University of Ghent. At the Canadian Game Studies Association Conference in Victoria, B.C., he spoke on “The Edge of Game Design: Rethinking Meritocracy” and “Rhetoric, Procedurality and Game Studies: Jets vs. Sharks?” The gaming industry generates more than $50 billion a year in revenue, employs more than 50,000 people, and is a growing force in the entertainment sector.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college in Seattle University. The Communication Department offers specializations in digital communication, digital production, journalism, strategic communications, international/intercultural communication, and media studies.