Theron Verdon

Title: Associate Professor

Degrees: - Ph. D. University of Southern Mississippi: Political Rhetoric
- MA Washingon State University:
Public Relations Comm.
- BA Tiffin University

Telephone:(607) 436-3427

Course History:

  1. Public Speaking
  2. Business Communication
  3. Discussion
  4. Introduction to Communication Theory
  5. Communication Studies (Hybrid intro course of interpersonal, small group, and public communication)
  6. Freedom of Speech
  7. Rhetoric
  8. Persuasion in Everyday Life
  9. Negotiation and Mediation
  10. Contemporary Public Address

Professional Interests:

  • Global Jihadi Insurgency rhetoric
  • Political Rhetoric
  • Economic Rhetoric
  • Humor and Communication
  • Marginalized Publics

Dr. Verdon is a published author and recognized expert on international strategic communication and influence operations.

“The return of Khilafah: The constitutive narratives of Daesh,” Defence Strategic Communications. The official journal of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence.

Dr. Verdon spent close to a year working with NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. While there Dr. Verdon:
Oversaw the update and production of the Resolute Support strategic communication framework.

Authored the new Resolute Support Mission strategic narrative and communication themes.
Created the Resolute Support Communication Playbook.

Conducted analyses of and wrote white-papers on Taliban, Daesh (ISIS), Pakistan, Russian, & Iranian strategic narratives in Afghanistan

Advised high ranking officials on Daesh (ISIS) and Taliban strategic communication campaigns.
Authored white- paper on counter-Daesh (ISIS-K) and Taliban narratives for future strategic communication activities.

Advised on and wrote various strategic communication campaigns for both the strategic-level campaigns and tactical operations.

Led and advised multiple information environment analyses for strategic communication activities.

Dr. Verdon was also an advisor to US Embassy in Afghanistan Counter Violent Extremist Working Group, and the US Embassy in Afghanistan Ministry of Interior Police Outreach program. 

Ramsey, M. C., Knight, R. A., Knight, M. L., & Verdon, T.  “Telic state teaching: Understanding the relationships among classroom conflict styles, humor, and teacher burnout of university faculty,” The Florida Communication Journal.

The Curious Case of Crystal City Communication in In M. C. Ramsey (Eds.), Issues of culture and conflict: Case studies in organizational communication.


“The Art of Strategic Communication.” A book focusing on non-commercial (e.g. military, political, NGOs) strategic communicators.

“Information Insurgency: The strategic communication of Russia”


Major Program areas

Communication Studies

introduces students to the theories and practices of oral communication and persuasion. Students in this major usually seek careers in business related fields, as well as corporate communication, advertising, sales, public relations, and events management.


Mass Communication

is designed to meet the needs of students who seek careers in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, film, audio production and video production.