In 1987, David C. Bicker, Ph.D., organized the first Communication Ethics Conference at APU. He was founding chair of the Department of Communication Studies, and in 2006, after he retired and became professor emeritus, the Communication Studies faculty named the conference in his honor.

APU’s Department of Communication Studies presents:

The 29th Annual David C. Bicker Communication Ethics Conference: The Ethics of Authentic Communication in Private, Public, and Mediated Forums

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

Keynote Speaker

Timothy Muehlhoff, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Studies at Biola University

“Stomping on Jesus: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Truth and Love in the Argument Culture”

Timothy Muehlhoff, Ph.D., currently serves as professor of Communication Studies at Biola University. In his master’s degree thesis, Muehlhoff developed a method of encouraging civil dialogue and perspective-taking between groups who perceive themselves as morally opposed with no room for, or interest in, connection. Extending his thesis research, his doctoral dissertation focused on a performative approach to enriching marital communication. His research interests also include social justice, gender, family communication, interpersonal communication, and persuasion. He is currently working on a project focused on understanding the narratives of oppressed women in rural parts of New Delhi, India. Muehlhoff received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Schedule and Directions

9–9:45 a.m. Welcome Session (Wilden Lecture Hall)
9:45–11 a.m. Muehlhoff Address (Wilden Lecture Hall)
11–11:10 a.m. Break
11:10 a.m.–12:10 p.m. Papers and Panel Presentation Session
(Wilden Hall TBA)
12:10–1:10 p.m. Lunch (LAPC), Award Ceremony
1:20–2:20 p.m. Papers and Panel Presentation Session
(Wilden Hall TBA)
2:20–2:30 p.m. Break
2:30–3:30 p.m. Internship/Career Panel (Wilden Lecture Hall)

Paper and Presentation Submissions

We invite faculty and students to submit brief proposals with title and abstract (no more than 250 words) to Starla Anderson, conference coordinator, at by November 6, 2015.

Paper and panel topics do not have to tie in directly to theme, but it is encouraged. Please keep in mind this conference caters to undergraduate students and presentations should be tailored to appeal to the interests and level of engagement of this demographic. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • $100: Undergraduate First Place Student Paper
  • $75: Undergraduate Second Place Student Paper
  • $50: Undergraduate Third Place Student Paper
  • $50: Top Graduate Student Paper
  • $50: Top Faculty Paper

Papers must be submitted by December 18, 2015. Please clearly indicate undergraduate, graduate, or faculty submission in the subject line of your proposal email.

If you have questions, contact Starla Anderson at or (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3105.

Conference is open to all attendees. There will be no registration fee.