Dr. Parson's work focuses on argumentation and rhetorical theory, both classical and contemporary. He is the director of the department's graduate program. He is also the Director of the National Debate Tournament. He was selected as a Kemper Teaching Fellow in 1997 and has received the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.
• Donn Parson's CV
• Parson, Donn W. and George Ziegelmueller. "The Role of Irony in Argument: Promise and Problems,: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference On Argumentation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, January, 2007
• Argument, Problems of Tropes, and the efforts of Kenneth Burke
• Work on a recently discovered manuscript of a conversation between Kenneth Burke and Richard McKeon