Gene Segarra Navera

Gene Segarra Navera

Deputy Director

Contact Information

Telephone: 6516 6082
Office: CELC #02-17 (10 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117511)

Dr. Gene Segarra NAVERA is Senior Lecturer at CELC and has over 19 years of experience in university teaching, research, and extension. Gene holds a PhD in English Language Studies from NUS, an MA in Speech Communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and a BA in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines Los Banos. Before coming to Singapore to pursue his doctorate, he taught writing and speech communication courses for eight and a half years in UP Los Banos where he won the Outstanding Teacher Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2004. At CELC, he teaches content-based academic writing modules at the residential colleges and pursues research in the areas of rhetoric and public address, critical discourse studies, and writing and speech communication pedagogies. He is the author of the book The Rhetoric of PNoy: Image, Myth, and Rhetorical Citizenship in Philippine Presidential Speeches (2018).

Gene is an Associate Editor of 3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature, The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies and an Editorial Board Member of Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media and Society and the Rhetoric and Communications E-Journal. His publications have focused on the critical analysis of Philippine presidential discourse and critical reflections on the teaching of writing and communication in higher education.

Gene is a pageant enthusiast. He has been involved in the public speaking and interview skills training of pageant contestants from the Philippines and Singapore.

Recent Modules/Courses Taught and/or Coordinated

  • RVX1000 Citizen Speak: Persuasion and Polarization in Society
  • UTW2001R Discourse, Citizenship and Society
  • UTW1001R Oratory and the Public Mind

Awards & Recognition

  • Residential Colleges Teaching Excellence Award, AY2018/19
  • Residential Colleges Teaching Commendation, AY 2017/2018
  • Residential Colleges Teaching Commendation, AY2016/2017

Selected Publications (since 2017)

  • Navera, G. S. (forthcoming). The critical scholar as rhetorical citizen: Fostering criticality and social responsibility in scholarly writing. In Brooke, M. (ed.) Integrating content and language in higher education: Developing academic literacy. Singapore: Springer.
  • Navera, G. S.(2022). Sustaining a populist persona: CNN Philippines' political interview with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as image restoration. In Feldman, O. (ed.) Adversarial political interviewing: Worldwide perspectives during polarized times, The Language of Politics. Singapore: Springer. DOI:
  • Navera, G. S. & Bernadas, J. M. A. C. (2022). "Shoot them dead": Rhetorical constructions of the COVID-19 pandemic in Philippine presidential addresses. Journal of Communication in Health Care. DOI: 10.1080/17538068.2022.2054177
  • Lan T. X. and Navera, G. S. (2021). The slanted beam: A critical discourse analysis of anti-Islam and anti-Muslim discourse in China. Discourse and Society.
  • Navera G.S. (2021). The president as macho: machismo, misogyny, and the language of toxic masculinity in Philippine presidential discourse. In Feldman, O. (ed.) When politicians talk: The cultural dynamics of public speaking. Singapore: Springer.
  • Brooke, M., Cook, M. S. W., Lee, K. C., Navera, G. S., Tang, K. K. (2020). Trekking the Educator Track at a research-intensive university: Five accounts of different career levels. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 14(3), Article 3. Available at:
  • Navera, G. S. (2020). Belligerence as argument: The allure of the war metaphor in Philippine presidential speeches. Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium, 5(1), 67-82. Available at: .
  • Navera, G. S. (2018). Metaphorizing martial law: Constitutional authoritarianism in Marcos's rhetoric (1972-1985). Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, 66(4), 417-52.
  • Navera, G. S. (2018). The technicist framework and the teaching of speech communication in the Philippines. In I. P. Martin (Ed.), Reconceptualizing English education in multilingual societies: English in the Philippines (pp. 140-152). New York: Springer.
  • Navera, G. S. (2018). The rhetoric of PNoy: Image, myth, and rhetorical citizenship in Philippine presidential speeches. Frontiers in political communication, volume 32. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Wu S. M. and G. S. Navera. (2017). ELT materials as sites of values education: A preliminary observation of secondary school materials. In H. P. Widodo, L. V. Canh, M. R. G. Perfecto, & A. Buripakdi (Eds.), Situating moral and cultural values in the ELT materials: The Southeast Asian context (pp. 51-68). New York: Springer.

Selected Invited Presentations (since 2017)

  • Invited Speaker, "Investigating Schemas of Presidential Leadership: Rhetoric, Citizen Engagement and Possibilities for Change", CSPPS-CPAf Policy Webinar Series, Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies, College of Public Affairs and Development, University of the Philippines Los Banos, 2 May 2022. Online.
  • Invited Speaker, "Words are not cheap: Some notes on presidential rhetoric in the Philippines", Huntahan: The SLSU Research Seminar Series, Southern Luzon State University, 27 April 2022. Online.
  • Invited Speaker, "Reading Presidential Speeches: Towards a Schema-Theoretic Framework of Political Discourse", ELS 163 e-lecture, Language and Literature Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Visayas State University, 19 April 2022. Online.
  • Plenary Speaker, "Empowerment through Socialization, Solidarity, and Self-care: Reflections on Teaching in an Age of Disruption", CAMANAVA Studies International Conference, University of the East Caloocan, 21 April 2022. Online.
  • Convenor for a Distinguished Plenary Panel Discussion. "Rizal, Decoloniality, and English Language Studies: Reimagining Our Scholarship Through the Lens of Noli and Fili." Linguistics Society of the Philippines International Conference 2022 & the 21st English in Southeast Asia Conference: A Joint Conference. Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines, 12 March 2022. Online.
  • Invited Speaker. "Ethical Persuasion: Reviving the Good Person Speaking Well in the Age of Disruption." Oblation Talk. University of the Philippines Alumni Association Singapore, 11 December 2021. Online.
  • Keynote Speaker. "Speech Communication in Multilingual, Multicultural and Multidisciplinal Contexts." Keynote Speech for the 31st National Convention of the Speech Communication Organization of the Philippines and 2019 Research Conference. University of the Philippines Los Banos, 30 May to 1 June 2019.
  • Invited Speaker. "Writing The Rhetoric of PNoy: Insights and reflections on doing rhetorical studies in/on the Philippines." DSCTA@60 Lecture Series. Palma Hall, Pavilion 1, Room 1131, Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, 27 February 2019.
  • Invited Speaker. "Political rhetoric in the Philippines: What's the matter and why it matters". UPLB General Education Conversation. UPLB College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium, 25 September 2017.
  • Invited Speaker. "Speech criticism as rhetorical citizenship". Bahaginan: College of Arts and Letters Research Forum and the UP Diliman Discourse Studies Group. Pavilion 1, Room 1131 Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City, 7 August 2017.