Dr. James Herrick of the Hope College communication faculty has been invited to join the founding editorial board for the "American Communication Journal."

The new journal will publish research conducted using a variety of methodologies, and will only be available in electronic form. It is expected to debut in July 2006 and be published quarterly.

Herrick is the Guy Vander Jagt Professor of Communication at Hope, where he has taught since 1984. His research and teaching specialties are rhetoric and argumentation.

The board of the "American Communication Journal" is the third editorial board for which he is a founding member. The other two are "Review of Communication," which is the electronic journal of the National Communication Association, and the Baylor University Press Rhetoric and Religion series. He also serves on the editorial boards of "Argumentation and Advocacy" and "The Journal of the Association for Communication Administration."

Herrick has written five books: "The Making of the New Spirituality: The Eclipse of the Western Religious Tradition," "The Radical Rhetoric of the English Deists: The Discourse of Skepticism, 1680-1750," "The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction," "Argumentation: Understanding and Shaping Arguments," and "Critical Thinking: The Analysis of Arguments." The most recent of his books, "The Making of the New Spirituality" was named a 2004 "Gold Medallion Book Award Finalist" by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association and was cited as one of "Ten Books Every Preacher Should Read" in "Preaching" magazine's 2004 survey of the year's best book's for preachers.

He has also had numerous articles appear in scholarly and popular publications in addition to presenting several papers at professional conventions, and wrote entries for both the "New Dictionary of National Biography" and "The International Encyclopedia of Censorship."

Herrick is an active member of the National Communication Association. He is a past recipient of research awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and was recognized for excellence in teaching by the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin.

He delivered the address during the opening convocation at Hope in 1994.

Herrick holds his bachelor's degree from California State University. He received his M.A. from the University of California, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.