One Thousand Days Transformed - The Campaign for Cedarville

Eric Mishne

Eric Mishne, M.A.

Forensics Coach


Professor Mishne studied theatre at Cedarville from 2003-2008. While here, he competed on the forensics team, where he honed his public speaking skills, paving the way for his career as a public speaking educator. He has coached homeschool speech and debate with much competitive success, and remains active in the homeschool speech and debate community. His academic research revolves around public speaking norms and conventions in competitive settings, arguing that adherence to unspoken rules can decrease the pedagogical value of such activities. He has published several articles on public speaking and rhetoric, and is passionate about creating an educational environment where students can learn about themselves and the world in which they live.

Education and Credentials

  • M.A. in Interpersonal Communication, Western Michigan University
  • M.A. in Rhetoric and Public Culture, Ohio University
  • B.A. in Theatre, Cedarville University

Scholarly Works

  • "Fighting the Formula, Adherence to Unspoken Rules Limit the Value of Forensics"
  • "What We Value: Trends in Value Appeals of Interstate Oratory Contest Final Round Speeches"
  • "Enacting compassion: Enactment and the Theory of Image Restoration in Monica Lewinsky's TED Talk, 'The Price of Shame'"
  • "The sandcastle classroom"


  • Camping, canoeing, strategy games, travel, story dreaming, movies/TV, watching Survivor, songwriting, playing guitar, drinking espresso
  • Why Cedarville?: I have always loved the sense of community and Christ-centeredness that Cedarville evokes. It's passion for truth and education continue to draw me back to this campus.