Dr. Randy Richardson, a visiting associate professor in the School of Communication, began teaching at Westminster in the fall of 2016. The college classroom and its extended borders provides the perfect venue for the development of engaged, experiential communication competence- an idea that unites over three decades of Richardson’s scholarship and teaching.
In the front of a Westminster classroom one is likely to see him teaching the following:
COM 450 Communication Theory
COM 251 Oral Interpretation of Literature
COM 202 Small Group Communication
COM 151 Voice and Diction
SPE 111 Introduction to Public Communication
INQ 111 Inquiry (Introduction to Liberal Arts)
ENG 109 Sporting Spirit (Sports in Film)
A close examination of his vita might reveal courses taught in Honors Political Communication, Contemporary Persuasion, Humor and Persuasion and The Rhetoric of Bruce Springsteen’s America.
Dr. Richardson’s primary area of research involves forensic pedagogy, but his current count of 14 refereed journal publications and over 40 national and regional convention and conference presentations touch on the following areas of interest: Political Communication, Religious Rhetoric, Communication and Leadership, Credibility in Communication, Public Narrative, Rhetorical Criticism, Humor and Persuasion, Isocrates, and the Philosophy and Rhetorical Criticism of Kenneth Burke. From 2012-2016, Dr. Richardson served as the co-editor of the National Forensic Journal.
Richardson serves as the advisor to the Westminster Speech & Debate Society. He has been actively involved in intercollegiate forensics (speech & debate) for 40 years. His students have earned numerous national championships and awards including the National Forensic Association’s Pentathlon Champion in 1994 and 2004. In March of 2018, a Westminster student was named the Novice National Forensic Tournament’s Pentathlon Champion in Boston. Richardson was awarded the NFA’s Outstanding Service Award in 2004, and he became only the second person to receive NFA’s Honorary Career Award in 2016.
Dr. Richardson’s educational record includes:
Ph.D. Communication and Rhetorical Processes Wayne State University
MA Speech Communication Ball State University
BS Speech/Theater Education Ball State University
AA Florida College