M. Ilon Lauer

M. Ilon Lauer

Associate Professor
320 Memorial Hall
Department Main Office Phone: (309) 298-1507

Ilon Lauer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Western Illinois University.  He received his B.A. in History and English at Oakland University, his M.A. in Speech Communication from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia. He primarily teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the communication department's rhetoric sequence. In addition, he teaches courses in argumentation, persuasion, and debate.

He has published his work in a diverse range of journals including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, and Human Mutation. He has presented a number of professional papers to national and international communication associations and served as the Book Review Editor for Argumentation and Advocacy. In addition to his scholarship, he has coached nationally ranked debate teams at Western Illinois and at the University of Georgia. As an undergraduate, he debated at Wayne State University.


Ph.D. in Speech Communication, University of Georgia
M.A. in Speech Communication, Indiana University
B.A. in History/English, Oakland University

Teaching Areas

Visual Communication

Research Interests

Rhetoric (Classical, Visual, Critical)
Argumentation (Visual Argument, Political Argument, Argumentation Theory)
Media and Discourse