John R. Butler
Term Expires: January 21, 2019
Member - Executive Committee
Chair - Research and Innovation, Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee
Member - Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Personnel Committee
Member - Finance, Audit, Compliance, Facilities and Operations Committee
Painters District Council No. 30 Benefits Office
1905 Sequoia Drive - Suite 203
Aurora, IL 60506
- Director of Communication and Strategy and Assistant Fund Administrator, Painters District Council No. 30 Health & Welfare, Pension and affiliated funds.
- Butler & Anderson, LLC (2008-2015).
- Director of Strategic Communication and Research Initiatives, Ehrhardt Foundation (2005-2008).
- Assistant Professor and Director of Forensics (speech and debate), Department of Communication, Northern Illinois University (1998-2005).
- Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh,Department of Rhetoric and Communication, Emphasis: Public Argument.
- M.A., Northern Illinois University, Department of Communication, Emphasis: Rhetorical Studies.
- B.A., Northern Illinois University, Department of Political Science,
Major: Political Science/Public Law; Minor: Black Studies.
Leadership and Public Service
- Member of NIU Board of Trustees since December 2007; served as Board Chair (2013-2015; 2017); Board Vice Chair (2009-2011; 2015-2017); Chair of Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee (2015-2017); and Chair of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Personnel Committee (2009-2011).
- Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture, Chicago (since 2014).
- Presenter and participant, numerous disciplinary conference presentations at the National Communication Association Annual Conference and other disciplinary conferences (since 1994).
- As NIU Assistant Professor, served as the academic advisor for seven master’s candidates and as committee member for eighteen master’s candidates; coordinated numerous public forums and debates on issues of local community concern; served on the President’s Commission on Sexual Orientation, Provost’s Task Force on Multicultural Curriculum Transformation, and numerous search committees.
- Pro bono consulting in strategic communication for organizations involved in workforce development, child care, food distribution, litigation, grass-roots civil rights advocacy, and municipal elections.
- Served two terms as Student Regent, Illinois Board of Regents, 1992-1994.
- Member and served as president of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Theta Eta Chapter, NIU, 1989-1992.
Recent Awards and Recognitions
- Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, NIU, 2014.
- Alumni Speaker, 1st Annual Lavender Graduation, NIU, 2010.
- Recipient, 15th Annual Eychaner Award, NIU Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Prism, 2009.
- Undocumented Ally Training, DREAM Action NIU, August 18, 2017.
- [with Philip Dalton] Public Policy Argumentation and Debate: A Practical Guide for Advocacy (New York: Peter Lang, 2015).
- [with Philip Dalton] "Getting Clipped: Denial and Masculinity Politics in the 2002 U.S. Senate Race in Montana," Western Journal of Communication 74.3 (May-June 2010): 226-248.
- "Transgender DeKalb: Observations of an Advocacy Campaign," Journal of Homosexuality 45 (2/3/4 2003): 277-296 (reprinted in: Queer Theory and Communication: From Disciplining Queers to Queering the Discipline(s), Gust A. Yep, Karen E. Lovaas, and John P. Elia, Eds. (New York: The Haworth Press, Inc., 2003) 277-296.
- "Somalia and the Imperial Savage: Continuities in the Rhetoric of War," Western Journal of Communication 66.1 (Winter 2002): 1-24.
- "Carol Moseley-Braun's Day to Talk About Race," Argument and Advocacy 32 (Fall 1995): 62-74.