Dr. Terence Check, Professor of Communication

Quad 440
Saint John's University Collegeville, MN 56321
(320) 363-2027
[email protected]


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S., Northwestern University

Dr. Terry Check serves as the Chair of the Department of Communication and recently as the Chair of the Joint Faculty Assembly and Joint Faculty Senate at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. His teaching and research is in the area of rhetorical theory and criticism, with a specific focus on environmental rhetoric and climate change communication. His current research examines public arguments about North American fossil fuel production, consumption and transportation. The favorite part of his job is working individually with students on their speaking, writing and research projects.


  • COMM330: Apology & Crisis Communication            
  • COMM225: Argumentation & Advocacy            
  • COMM309: Environmental Rhetoric            
  •  COMM335: Political Campaign Communication            
  • COMM102: Public Speaking & the Public Sphere            
  • COMM201: Rhetoric, Culture & Criticism            
  • COMM308: Rhetoric of Advertising

Recent publications    

"Facing Ghosts, God and Nature: Affect, Naturalization and the No Mas Cruces Border Campaign" (with co-author and former CSB student Christine Jasken), in Defining Communities: Identity and Otherness in the Rhetorics of U.S. Immigration. Ed. E. Johanna Hartelius. Penn State University Press, 2015.            

"Mortification and Moral Equivalents: Jimmy Carter's Energy Jeremiad and the Limits of Civic Sacrifice," in Green Voices: Defending Nature and the Environment in American Civic Discourse. Eds. Richard D. Besel and Bernard K. Duffy. State University Press of New York, 2015.            

"Public Memory and Supernatural Presence: 'The Mystery and Madness of Weird War Tales,'" in Horrors of War: The Undead on the Battlefield. Eds. Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.            

"Environmental Movements, Democratic Publics, and Rhetorical Culture: The Challenges of Public Activism," presented at the International Communication Association conference in London, England, 2013.            

"Memories of Malaise: The Rhetoric and Politics of National Energy Policy," presented at the 12th Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment in Uppsala, Sweden, 2013.