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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Daniel Cronn-Mills

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Dr. Daniel Cronn-MillsProfessor
Distinguished Faculty Scholar

207-C Armstrong Hall
(507) 389-6160

Curriculum Vita


Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995
MA, Mankato State University, 1989
BA, Mankato State University, 1987

Recent Courses Taught

 Communication Research Methods, Ethics & Free Speech, Forensics Pedagogy, Communication-Technology-Culture, Political Communication, Communication for Professionals

Research Interests

Forensics Pedagogy, Rhetoric, Religion and Communication, First Amendment

Recent Publications


 Croucher, S. M. & Cronn-Mills, D. (2019). Understanding communication research methods: A theoretical and practical approach (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Croucher, S. M. & Cronn-Mills, D. (2014). Understanding communication research methods: A theoretical and practical approach. New York, NY: Routledge.

Croucher, S. M., & Cronn-Mills, D. (2011). Religious misperception: The case of Muslims and Christians in France and Britain. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.  

Cronn-Mills, D. (1999). A qualitative analysis of the Jehovah's Witnesses: The rhetoric, reality and religion in the Watchtower Society. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press. 

Book Chapters

Chouinard, M., & Cronn-Mills, D. (2017). Speech and debate. In H. Giles & J. Harwood (Eds.), Encyclopedia of intergroup communication. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.  

Kuyper, C., & Cronn-Mills, D. (2016). Chapter 24: Intercollegiate forensics and mastering the magic of words: Why take the time, effort, and energy to compete in intercollegiate forensics? In K. Vaidya (Ed.), Communication for the curious: Why study communication? (A decision-making guide to college majors, research & scholarships, and career counseling for students, educators and parents). Amazon: The Curious Academic. 

Werner, J. B., & Cronn-Mills, D. (2016). Rhetorical theory. In S. M. Croucher (Ed.). Understanding communication theory: A beginner’s guide (pp. 262-287). New York, NY: Routledge.

Dimock, J. P., Cronn-Mills, D., & Werner, J. B. (2012). Not of the world: The Jehovah’s Witnesses and “Saluting a Flag”. In S. M. Croucher & T. M. Harris (Eds.). Religion and communication: An anthology of extensions in theory, research, and method (225-241). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Stables, G., Barnes, A., Cronn-Mills, D., Easley, T., Keenan, V., Morris, E., & Sandoz, ML. (2010). Consolidating debate governance. In A. D. Louden (Ed.), Navigating opportunity: Policy debate in the 21st century (181-197). New York, NY: IDebate Press.


Cronn-Mills, D. (2015). Genesis of a special issue. Speaker & Gavel, 52(1), 1-3.

Outzen, C. P., Youngvorst, L. J., & Cronn-Mills, D. (2013). The next 50 years of forensics: Acknowledging problems, preparing solutions. Speaker & Gavel, 50(2), 33-45.

Cronn-Mills, D., & Croucher, S. M. (2013). The “Carousel Effect” in forensic research. National Forensic Journal, 31, 5-14.

Dimock, J. P., Cronn-Mills, D., & Cronn-Mills, K. (2013). Climbing Brokeback Mountain: A wilderness-civilization dialectic reading. Relevant Rhetoric: A Journal of Rhetorical Studies, 4, 1-21. Available

Outzen, C. P., & Cronn-Mills, D. (2012). What’s in a name? Defending forensics: A response to Kimble’s “By any other name.” Speaker & Gavel, 49(2), 81-87.

Orcholski, M. & Cronn-Mills, D. (2011). They know what they're doing but they don't know why: A theoretical exploration of intertextuality in interpretation events. National Forensic Journal, 29, 174-182.


Claire E. Faust Public Service Award. (2017). The award recognizes a Minnesota State University, Mankato employee for outstanding service to the university, community, state and nation. The award is named after Claire E. Faust, former Vice President of Administrative Affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Diversity Champion Award. (2017). The award recognizes a person who has actively supported/promoted/celebrated through his/her words and deeds diversity in the state, region and/or University. Presented at the Student Leadership Award Ceremony, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

American Forensic Association Distinguished Service Award. (2011). American Forensic Association. The award recognizes a history of service to the American forensics community, a positive impact on forensics in research, educational practices, community development, and a career as a model for forensic professionals. The award is one of the highest honors conferred by the forensic community.

Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. (2010). Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research, Minnesota State University, Mankato. The award recognizes outstanding professional scholarly achievements with emphasis on originality, imagination, and innovation, impact on the nominee’s discipline or field of study, a national or international scholarly reputation, contributions to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and contributions to the university, profession, and wider community.

MSCA Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Minnesota High School Speech Activities. (2004). Minnesota Speech Coaches Association. Presented during the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota annual conference, St. Paul, MN.

The Robert H. Henry Outstanding Professor Award. (2004). National Speakers Association. The award "recognizes outstanding commitment to understanding and enhancing the spoken word shown through unusually effective undergraduate and graduate teaching of presentation skills. Furthermore, this award recognizes superior contributions through original research and significant publications." Presented during the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota annual conference, St. Paul, MN.

Larry Schnoor District IV Distinguished Service Award. (2003, March). District IV of the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament. Presented at the 2003 District IV Qualifying Tournament for the AFA-NIET for "outstanding service to the forensics community in District IV."

Outstanding Individual in Communication and Theater Award. (2002, September). Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota. Presented at the CTAM annual convention in Stillwater, MN in "recognition of distinguished service to communication and theater education in Minnesota."

AFA-NIET Distinguished Service Award. (2002, April). American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament. Presented at the AFA-NIET at Bradley University, Peoria, IL.

L. E. Norton Award for Outstanding Forensics Scholarship. (2001, November). Pi Kappa Delta. Presented at the National Communication Association annual convention in Atlanta, GA.