Gavin F. Hurley
Ave Maria University
Currently an Assistant Professor of Writing at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts, Dr. Gavin Hurley teaches courses in Ethical Reasoning as well as Persuasive Writing. He leads a knowledge-hungry student audience at Lasell College where he helps to build practical skills and professional acumen. The Playbook of Persuasive Reasoning is formulated from his lectures and instruction notes from these courses. It is also in some ways inspired by his doctoral dissertation which examined The New Rhetoric, a 20th-century practical reasoning guide written by Chiam Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca. Dr. Hurley has taught persuasive writing and argumentation for eight years at several higher education institutions, including both public universities and private colleges. His focus has been on first-year communication courses, intermediate communication courses, and advanced communication courses. A specialist in the field of persuasive writing and reasoning, Gavin F. Hurley earned his PhD in Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to his PhD, he has a B.A. in Philosophy from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) and an M.A. in Writing Arts from Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ). He has also published numerous articles on rhetoric, persuasion, and argumentation in scholarly collections as well as in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he has presented numerous public talks at national venues on argument and persuasion.