Faculty Biography


Combs, Steven Ph.D.
Professor of Communication
On Leave


Ph.D., Communication - University of Southern California

Dr. Steven Combs joined Hawai‘i Pacific University in January 2006 after spending 12 years at Loyola Marymount University, where he received numerous teaching awards. He has been honored three times by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2000, 2004, 2005) and twice recognized in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership (2000, 2001). Combs also has taught at Oxford University, and Tsuda College in Tokyo.

As a trial consultant, Combs has designed and taught courses in legal communication for over 15 years. He has coached college mock trial teams and wrote Trial Advocacy: Communication, Critical Thinking, and the Law. He has extensive background coaching intercollegiate debates, where he set and still holds the record for most victories in a college career.

Combs has a broad background in communication studies and specializes in rhetorical theory and criticism, argumentation, and legal communication. Serving on the editorial board of two communication journals, Combs has presented scholarly papers on three continents and has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Social Semiotics, and Argumentation and Advocacy. He recently was the editor of a special issue of Argumentation and Advocacy devoted to non-Greco Roman argumentation and has published a groundbreaking book, The Dao of Rhetoric.