A native of Galveston, TX, Dr. Paul A. Minifee received his PhD in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Texas at Austin. From 2003 to 2006, he worked with seminarians on their sermons and taught first-year writing courses at The University of Notre Dame. In 2006, he began teaching at San Diego State University where his classes focused on the African American experience in social, religious, and political contexts and examined the intersections between public and private rhetorical identities and sacred and secular rhetorics. His publications concern rhetorics of 19th-century abolitionists, slave narratives, spiritual autobiographies, black preaching, hymnody, and black manhood. He is a three-time recipient of Pi Beta Phi’s “Professor of the Year” award, the 2014 recipient of SDSU’s Teaching Excellence Award, and a 2019 finalist for the Senate’s Teaching Excellence Award. Dr Minifee recently pivoted to working in the corporate world where he serves as VP of Curriculum Design at ion Learning. Targeting corporate execs, his e-learning courses cover Emotional Intelligence, Activated Allyship, and Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Minifee is an active member of All Peoples Church in City Heights and spends his leisure traveling, cooking, and competing in USTA tennis leagues.