Michael Abernethy is a Lecturer of Communication who joined the full-time faculty in 2002. As an adjunct faculty member, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001 and was a three time recipient of the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award. His interests include Debate and Argumentation, Oral Interpretation, and Political Rhetoric. He has taught thirteen different courses at IU Southeast. In his free time, he writes a regular column for an online magazine.