Dr John P Nordin

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Communication Studies
288 Ford Hall

224 Church St SE

John Nordin has taught in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Minnesota for 15 years. He teaches and is the textbook co-author for Comm1313W Analysis of Argument, a writing intensive class. He views argumentation theory as illuminating a wide range of discourse, not only public policy disputes. He also regularly teaches honors sections of Public Speaking and a freshman seminar on religious arguments.

He created and leads a study abroad class to Greece to expose students to the foundations of democracy, formal drama, rhetoric and other issues. These issues are also addressed in his honors seminar on The Greeks and the Eternal Human Questions.

He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has held positions an adjunct professor in Religion, taught Computer Science at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and was a IT project manager where he earned the Project Manger Professional certification. After earning an M.Div degree from the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary he served parishes in Iowa and Colorado as a Lutheran Pastor.

He has published articles on Iranian politics, humor in religious institutions, and database design. He has published a hymnal, written several unpublished novels and is a published poet.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Transportation Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1980.
  • M. Div.: Theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California, 1994.


  • Argumentation
  • Public Speaking
  • Ancient Greece
  • Biblical Studies
  • Project management
Courses Taught
  • Comm1313W Analysis of Argument
  • Comm1101H Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Comm3666: Greek Intellectual Revolution (Study Abroad)
  • Comm1913: Religious Arguments (Freshman Seminar)
  • Comm3615: Argumentation
  • Comm5110: Special topics: Religious Arguments
  • Writ3257: Scientific and Technical Presentation
  • Comm3970: Internship
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Course Supervisor: Analysis of Argument , 2011 - 2018


  • Interview, Star Tribune: Critical Thinking, July 28, 2017
  • Argumentation: Keeping Faith with Reason. Nordin, John, Edward Schiappa, Pearson, Co-Author, 2013.