Lawrence Souder, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor of Communication


Lawrence Souder

Office: PSA 323
Phone: 215.895.2730


  • PhD, Rhetoric and Communication, Temple University, 1999

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Technical and scientific writing and publication
  • Rhetoric of science
  • Communication ethics


Lawrence Souder earned his PhD in the rhetoric of science from Temple University after working for a number of years as a technical writer and editor for IBM and ADP. He is interested in the intersection of science, communication, and ethics and his recent research is focused on the ethics of the scholarly peer review process. He teaches graduate courses in communication ethics, technical and science writing and editing, and technical and science graphics for the master's programs in the department.

Selected Publications

  • "Ad Hominem Arguments in the Service of Boundary Work among Climate Scientists," with Furrah Qureshi, Journal of Science Communication, Volume 11, Issue 01, March, 2012.
  • "The Ethics of Scholarly Peer Review: A Review of the Literature," Learned Publishing, Volume 24, Issue 1, January 2011, 49-66.
  • A Free-market Model for Media Ethics: Adam Smith's Looking Glass. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 25(1): 53-64. 2010.
  • A rhetorical analysis of apologies for scientific misconduct: Do they really mean it? Science and Engineering Ethics, 16(1): 175-186. 2010.
  • What Are We to Think about Thought Experiments? Argumentation. 17(2): 203-217, 2003.