James Cole Skaine. Papers, 1960-1998

Collection Overview

Title: James Cole Skaine. Papers, 1960-1998

Record Series: 14/07/02/03

Creator: James C. Skaine

Date: 1960-1998

Extent: 15.0 linear feet, 12 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.  

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

Access to material relating to faculty and student evaluation is restricted.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the James Cole Skaine Papers, 1960-1998, Archives Record Series 14/09/19, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

James Cole Skaine (b. January 3, 1936) received his Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from Sioux Falls College in 1957. He received his Master of Arts degree in speech from the University of South Dakota in 1958. He then pursued Ph.D. work at Cornell University (1958-1966) and the University of Iowa (1968-1978).

James Skaine was a graduate assistant at the University of South Dakota (1957-1958) and Cornell University (1958-1960). He taught junior high school English and mathematics in Freeville, New York, in the spring of 1960. He served as an instructor and Director of Forensics at Ithaca College from 1960 through 1963, and then served in a similar capacity at Middle Tennessee State College from 1963 through 1965. James Skaine was appointed to the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa as an assistant professor of speech in the fall of 1965. He retired from the UNI faculty in the spring of 1998.

Professor Skaine taught courses relating to speech, rhetoric, debate, group processes, communication, and voice and diction. He was involved in curricular matters in those areas and was also an important participant in the collective bargaining process for University of Northern Iowa faculty. 

Scope and Content

Professor Skaine sent a large collection of papers to the University of Northern Iowa Archives shortly after his retirement. These papers consisted of:

  • memoranda, minutes, and correspondence relating to his academic department (initially the Department of Speech, later named the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, and finally named the Department of Communication Studies);
  • examinations, notes, handouts, and other material relating to the courses that Professor Skaine either took himself or taught;
  • and records relating to faculty evaluation, tenure, and promotion.

There is also a significant amount of material relating to collective bargaining for University of Northern Iowa faculty in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The material relating to Professor Skaine's academic department provides an exceptionally thorough look at the department's day-to-day operations from 1966 through 1998. Likewise, files relating to the courses that Professor Skaine taught give an excellent picture of both the subject matter and pedagogical techniques of a faculty member in speech during the last third of the twentieth century.

When this collection arrived in the University Archives, it was arranged by subject in alphabetical order. With a few changes to improve clarity and consistency, the processor kept this arrangement. Researchers should be aware that material on similar subjects may be located in several locations within the collection. For example, researchers interested in Professor Skaine's work in Tennessee may wish to look at material under Tennessee, Rutherford County, Middle Tennessee State College, and specific courses that he taught while teaching there.

Most of this collection is open for research use. However, access to material relating to faculty and student evaluation is restricted. 


Box 1

Vita and other biographical information relating to James Cole Skaine

Articles by James Skaine

Advanced Discussion course material

Advisor information--Speech Department

Affirmative action question

Ahmed Iqbal

Ameican Civil Liberties Union--Northeast Iowa chapter

American Federation of Teachers--Grievance Committee, 1970-1975

American Public Address course material

Ancient oratory

Argumentation course material

Argumentation and Debate course material

Argumentation, Discussion, and Debate course material

Attention and interest

Black Rhetoric course proposal

Black situation at UNI

British and American Rhetoric course material

British and Continental Address course material

British Orators course material

Business and Professional Oral Communication course material

Butler, John--evaluation [RESTRICTED]

Campus issues--faculty-student dialogue

Campus mail use controversy, 1975

Chekhov's The Boor, 1970

Class material--general

Classical Rhetoric course material

Collective bargaining

Box 2

College of Humanities and Fine Arts, memos, committee minutes, and other distributions, 1968-1978

College of Humanities and Fine Arts, dean selection, 1968, 1970

Colonial Public Address course material

Comic Detachment and Religious Taboos, essay by James Skaine

Committee on Academic Freedom, American Association of University Professors, 1969

Committee on Faculty Ethics and Responsibility, 1972, 1974

Committee on Organization of Colege of Humanities and Fine Arts, 1969

Committee on Speaking Competency, 1976

Communication and Theatre Arts Department, 1982-1992

Communication Arts Center dedication, 1978

Communication Department proposal

Communication Division, Course Rotation Committee

Communication Division, 1992-1998

Communication faculty, 1983-1984

Communication in Organizations course proposal

Communication Studies, 1978-1979

Communication Studies Department, 1992-1993

Box 3

Communication Studies Department, 1993-1998

Communication Studies Department head search, 1993-1994

Communication Studies Department head search, 1995

Communication Studies Department, Strategic Planning Committee, 1993-1995

Communication Studies News, 1997

Communication Theories course proposal

Comprehensive examination questions

Comprehensive examination, James Skaine, 1963

Contemporary American Public Address course material

Contemporary Rhetoric course material

Correspondence, 1963-1976

Box 4

Correspondence, 1977-1984


Curricular process report to Faculty Senate, 1980

Curriculum--speech, 1977

Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Debate course material

Debate brief--Democratic majority increase

Debate brief--fraternities and sororities

Debate brief--Henry Parker, March 13, 1967

Debate course outline

Debate propositions, 1963-1964

Debate team publicity, 1969-1970

Debate topics, 1965-1966 (enforcement)

Debate topics, 1969-1970 (revenue sharing)

Debate tournament--Brindley, 1966

Debate tournament--Sioux Falls, 1957

Decertification of United Faculty as bargaining agent, election, 1978

Democratic Party, 1970-1971

Discussion course material

Dramatic Theory course material

Education for Survival conference, 1973

Enrollment--Communication Studies

Exercise on pronunciation

Faculty discipline procedures

Faculty salaries, 1977

Famous speeches

Forensics information--general

Fundamentals of Speech course material

Box 5

Fundamentals of Speech course material

General Education

Graduate student policies

Grassley survey, 1970

Group Processes course material

Hall, Jon

Head search committee, Speech Department, 1973

Hesh, hes, hem non-sexist pronoun substitutions

Hoffmans, Edward

Human Communications course material

Humanities Committee, 1973

Impromptu topics


Instructor evaluations, James Skaine, 1964-1979

Box 6

Introduction to Rhetorical Theory course material

Iowa Communication Association

Iowa Council of Teachers of Speech

Iowa Higher Education Association, 1971-1976, 1979

Iowa Public Interest Research Group

Koob, Robert D.

League of Women Voters of Iowa

Letters of recommendation

Letters to the editor--James Skaine

Lubker, James

Lyceum, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, spring 1976

Managerial elite

Manson and the Beatles

Martin Luther King, Jr., Action Committee, 1968-1971

Medieval and Renaissance Rhetoric course material

Middle Tennessee State College speech program

Modern American Drama and Theatre course material

Modern Rhetoric course material

Moratorium, Viet Nam

Morgan, David

Ralph Nader speech at UNI

New York State Speech Association

Non-discrimination policy, 1969

Oral Communication course material

Oral communication staff, 1995

Palczewski, Catherine

Papers by James Skaine

Pendergraft, Daryl--memoranda

Persuasion course material

Persuasive campaigns and controversy


Poetry by James Skaine

Box 7

Principles of Discussion course material

Probation and tenure, James Skaine

Box 8

Professional Assessment Committee, 1975-1998

Profile of Iowa students, Kathy Burns

Public Address faculty, memoranda, 1968-1982

Box 9

Public Address course material

Public Address in Historical Perspective course material

Public Speaking course material

Recent American Public Addresses course material

Rhetoric and Logic course material

Rhetoric of War, essay by James Skaine

Rhetorical Criticism course material

Rhetorical Theory course material

Rubin, Jerry, speech at UNI

Rutherford County, Tennessee, Republican Party politics

Sample audience surveys

Secular theology

Sensitivity training

Sermon outlines

Box 10

Shift of opinion ballot

Skaine discrimination matter, 1978

Skaine grievance, 1977

Skaine newspaper articles and letters

Skaine personnel file, July 1979

Skaine Ph.D. work

Skaine promotion requests

Skaine salary grievance, 1981 [RESTRICTED]

Speaking Publicly in the American Context, chapters from proposed text by Clinton Nelson and James Skaine

Speech Committee (Fundamentals), 1966-1967

Speech Communication for Business Students course proposal

Speech competence

Speech criticism

Speech Department, Middle Tennessee State College, 1963-1965

Speech Department, 1965-1976

Box 11

Speech Department, 1976-1981

Speech Department, curricular matters, 1977-1979

Speech Department, faculty evaluation procedures, 1975

Speech Department, Master Plan Committee, 1979

Speech Department, program review, 1979

Speech Department, promotion procedures

Speech for the Classroom Teacher course material

Speech Pathology course material

Speech staff directories

Staffing and curriculum; program area definition

Student politics

Summer scheduling of speech faculty

Summer session


Tenure and promotion evaluations, 1974-1975

Tenure matters, Professor David Crownfield and Provost James Martin

Tenure report, Middle Tennessee State College, 1964

Textbook chapter drafts

Textbook Subcommittee

Theatre faculty notes and minutes, 1973-1976

Thesis on Alexander Stephens's speeches, by James Skaine

Box 12

Thesis material

Tory spokesmen

United Faculty, 1975-1983

United Faculty, arbitration decisions

United Faculty, Academic Freedom and Professional Rights Committee, 1980-1981

United Faculty, contract negotiations, 1981-1983

United Faculty, grievance procedures

United Faculty, meet and confer sessions, 1979-1980

University Forum

University of Northern Iowa curricular analysis, 1978

Upper Iowa University

Urban Ministry

Vice President and Provost memoranda

Voice and Diction course material

Processing Information

Papers processed and finding aid prepared by Gerald L. Peterson, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, July 2007. Updated July 12, 2007 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 14, 2017.

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